West Bancorporation Inc. ranked No. 15 for return on average equity in 2013 among 252 publicly traded banks with assets of $1 billion to $10 billion, according to the American Banker's Association. The organization took a look at the profitability of the nation's midsize banks. The West Des Moines-based parent of West Bank reported and average return on equity of 13.2 percent last year. The average return for the group was 8.2 percent. Click here for a related story atBusinessRecord.com.