A bank's earnings performance has an effect on its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, expanding its capital buffer, or use them to address problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in tough times. Obviously, banks that are losing money are less able to do those things.
On Bankrate's earnings test, Security State Bank of Kenyon scored 6 out of a possible 30, falling short of the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, basically) by total equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Security State Bank of Kenyon was 2.10 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $130,000 on total equity of $6.2 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.23 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.