A bank's profitability affects its long-term survivability. A bank can retain its earnings, expanding its capital buffer, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Obviously, banks that are losing money are less able to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, State Bank of Easton scored 14 out of a possible 30, coming in below the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by the total amount of equity, is one widely used measure of a bank's earnings. State Bank of Easton's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 6.24 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank earned net income of $166,000 on total equity of $2.7 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.80 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.