How profitable a bank is has an effect on its long-term survivability. A bank can retain its earnings, giving a boost to its capital cushion, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Conversely, losses lessen a bank's ability to do those things.
The Baldwin State Bank fell behind the national average on Bankrate's earnings test, achieving a score of 14 out of a possible 30.
One important way to measure a bank's earnings is return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially profit) by the total amount of equity. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for The Baldwin State Bank was 6.30 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $489,000 on total equity of $7.8 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.66 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.