How profitable a bank is 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, likely making the bank better prepared to withstand financial trouble. Banks that are losing money, however, are less able to do those things.
Bank of the Valley scored 16 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's earnings test, beating out the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by the total amount of equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Bank of the Valley was 7.54 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank recorded net income of $1.6 million on total equity of $21.2 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.68 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.