A bank's earnings performance has an effect on its long-term survivability. Earnings can be retained by the bank, increasing its capital buffer, or be used to deal with problematic loans, potentially making the bank better prepared to withstand economic trouble. Banks that are losing money, however, have less ability to do those things.
Peoples State Bank exceeded the national average on Bankrate's test of earnings, achieving a score of 20 out of a possible 30.
One key measure of a bank's earnings is return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially profit) by the total amount of equity. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Peoples State Bank was 12.00 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank recorded net income of $1.1 million on total equity of $9.4 million. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.45 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.