A bank's earnings performance has an effect on its long-term survivability. Earnings may be retained by the bank, boosting its capital buffer, or be used to deal with problematic loans, likely making the bank better prepared to withstand economic trouble. Losses, on the other hand, lessen a bank's ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, State Savings Bank scored 14 out of a possible 30, falling short of the national average of 15.12.
One key way to measure a bank's earnings is return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by total equity. State Savings Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 7.25 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank recorded net income of $571,000 on total equity of $8.2 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank had 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.