A bank's profitability has an effect on its long-term survivability. Earnings can be retained by the bank, boosting its capital cushion, or be used to address problematic loans, likely making the bank better prepared to withstand economic shocks. Obviously, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's earnings test, Sanger Bank scored 18 out of a possible 30, better than the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by the total amount of equity, is one key measure of a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Sanger Bank was 8.32 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $1.5 million on total equity of $18.9 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.17 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.