A bank's earnings performance affects its safety and soundness. Earnings can be retained by the bank, increasing its capital cushion, or be used to deal with problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in tough times. However, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, The Jamestown State Bank scored 8 out of a possible 30, coming in below the national average of 15.12.
One important way to measure a bank's earnings is return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, basically) by total equity. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for The Jamestown State Bank was 3.08 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $97,000 on total equity of $3.1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.51 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.