How profitable a bank is has an effect on its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, giving a boost to its capital cushion, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Obviously, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, SJN Bank of Kansas scored 18 out of a possible 30, better than the national average of 15.12.
One key way to measure a bank's earnings is return on equity, or net income (profit, essentially) divided by the total amount of equity. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for SJN Bank of Kansas was 10.05 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $1.3 million on total equity of $13.5 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.96 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.