A bank's ability to earn money affects its long-term survivability. A bank can retain its earnings, expanding its capital cushion, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in tough times. Obviously, banks that are losing money are less able to do those things.
Simmesport State Bank exceeded the national average on Bankrate's test of earnings, achieving a score of 16 out of a possible 30.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by total equity, is one widely used measure of a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Simmesport State Bank was 7.78 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $891,000 on total equity of $11.6 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.16 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.