A bank's ability to earn money affects its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, boosting its capital cushion, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Losses, on the other hand, reduce a bank's ability to do those things.
The Bank of Monroe scored 14 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's test of earnings, coming in below the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, basically) by the total amount of equity, is one important measure of a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for The Bank of Monroe was 6.38 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $1.2 million on total equity of $18.8 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.87 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.