How profitable a bank is affects its long-term survivability. Earnings can be retained by the bank, boosting its capital cushion, or be used to deal with problematic loans, likely making the bank better prepared to withstand financial shocks. Obviously, banks that are losing money are less able to do those things.
Security Bank scored 18 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's test of earnings, beating out the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by the total amount of equity, is one widely used measure of a bank's earnings. Security Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 8.56 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank earned net income of $471,000 on total equity of $5.6 million. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.71 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.