A bank's earnings performance has an effect on its safety and soundness. Earnings may be retained by the bank, giving a boost to its capital buffer, or be used to address problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Conversely, losses take away from a bank's ability to do those things.
North American State Bank outperformed the average on Bankrate's test of earnings, achieving a score of 16 out of a possible 30.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by the total amount of equity, is one widely used measure of a bank's earnings. North American State Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 7.53 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank recorded net income of $893,000 on total equity of $12.1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.90 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.