A bank's profitability affects its safety and soundness. Earnings may be retained by the bank, expanding its capital buffer, or be used to deal with problematic loans, likely making the bank better prepared to withstand economic trouble. Banks that are losing money, however, have less ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, Stockman Bank of Montana scored 28 out of a possible 30, exceeding the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by total equity, is one important measure of a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Stockman Bank of Montana was 19.40 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank recorded net income of $63.8 million on total equity of $338.2 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.92 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.