A bank's earnings performance has an effect on its safety and soundness. Earnings may be retained by the bank, giving a boost to its capital buffer, or be used to deal with problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Obviously, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's earnings test, The First Security Bank scored 26 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 key measure of a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for The First Security Bank was 16.40 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank earned net income of $1.6 million on total equity of $9.3 million. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.50 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.