A bank's earnings performance has an effect on its long-term survivability. A bank can retain its earnings, giving a boost to its capital cushion, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Obviously, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
The Piedmont Bank scored 16 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's test of earnings, beating out the national average of 15.12.
One widely used way to measure a bank's earnings is return on equity, or net income (profit, essentially) divided by the total amount of equity. The Piedmont Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 8.77 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank earned net income of $6.5 million on total equity of $91.4 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.98 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.