A bank's ability to earn money has an effect on its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, expanding its capital cushion, or use them to address problematic loans, potentially making the bank better able to withstand financial shocks. Losses, on the other hand, lessen a bank's ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, The Merchants & Planters Bank scored 12 out of a possible 30, falling short of the national average of 15.12.
One widely used 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 Merchants & Planters Bank was 4.94 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank earned net income of $253,000 on total equity of $5.0 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.55 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.