A bank's profitability has an effect on its long-term survivability. Earnings can be retained by the bank, giving a boost to its capital cushion, or be used to deal with problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. However, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
The Seymour Bank did below-average on Bankrate's test of earnings, achieving a score of 12 out of a possible 30.
One key measure of a bank's earnings is return on equity, or net income (profit, basically) divided by the total amount of equity. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for The Seymour Bank was 5.43 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank recorded net income of $949,000 on total equity of $17.6 million. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.73 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.