A bank's ability to earn money has an effect on its long-term survivability. Earnings may be retained by the bank, expanding its capital buffer, or be used to address problematic loans, likely making the bank better able to withstand economic shocks. Obviously, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
Peoples Bank and Trust Company did below-average on Bankrate's test of earnings, achieving a score of 14 out of a possible 30.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, basically) by the total amount of equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. Peoples Bank and Trust Company's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 6.50 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank earned net income of $4.1 million on total equity of $64.4 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.87 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.