A bank's earnings performance affects its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, expanding its capital buffer, or use them to address problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. However, banks that are losing money are less able to do those things.
The Geo. D. Warthen Bank exceeded the national average on Bankrate's test of earnings, achieving a score of 18 out of a possible 30.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by total equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for The Geo. D. Warthen Bank was 8.50 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank earned net income of $1.2 million on total equity of $14.8 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.71 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.