How profitable a bank is affects its long-term survivability. Earnings may be retained by the bank, boosting its capital cushion, or be used to address problematic loans, potentially making the bank better prepared to withstand financial shocks. Conversely, losses take away from a bank's ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's earnings test, The First National Bank of Battle Lake scored 22 out of a possible 30, better than the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by total equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. The First National Bank of Battle Lake's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 13.69 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank reported net income of $1.4 million on total equity of $10.1 million. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.70 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.