How profitable a bank is affects its long-term survivability. Earnings can be retained by the bank, expanding its capital buffer, or be used to address problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in tough times. Obviously, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
The Benton State Bank scored 16 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's earnings test, beating out the national average of 15.12.
One key measure of a bank's earnings is return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, basically) by the total amount of equity. The Benton State Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 7.94 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $427,000 on total equity of $5.6 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.