A bank's ability to earn money has an effect on its long-term survivability. A bank can retain its earnings, giving a boost to its capital buffer, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, potentially making the bank better prepared to withstand economic trouble. Obviously, banks that are losing money are less able to do those things.
On Bankrate's earnings test, NewFirst National Bank scored 30 out of a possible 30, better than the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by the total amount of equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for NewFirst National Bank was 21.27 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank reported net income of $15.4 million on total equity of $76.0 million. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 2.30 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.