A bank's ability to earn money affects its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, giving a boost to its capital cushion, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in tough times. However, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
Pocahontas State Bank scored 18 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's earnings test, better than the national average of 15.12.
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. Pocahontas State Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 9.33 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $2.3 million on total equity of $25.4 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 2.33 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.