A bank's profitability affects its long-term survivability. A bank can retain its earnings, expanding its capital buffer, or use them to deal with problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Conversely, losses diminish a bank's ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's earnings test, The First National Bank of Waseca scored 24 out of a possible 30, better than the national average of 15.12.
One key measure of a bank's earnings is return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by total equity. The First National Bank of Waseca's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 14.91 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank reported net income of $1.9 million on total equity of $12.9 million. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.46 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.