A bank's earnings performance affects its long-term survivability. A bank can retain its earnings, giving a boost to its capital buffer, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. However, banks that are losing money are less able to do those things.
On Bankrate's earnings test, Security State Bank scored 10 out of a possible 30, lower than the national average of 15.12.
One important measure of a bank's earnings is return on equity, or net income (profit, basically) divided by the total amount of equity. Security State Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 4.31 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank recorded net income of $723,000 on total equity of $17.0 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.81 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.