How profitable a bank is has an effect on its long-term survivability. A bank can retain its earnings, increasing its capital cushion, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, potentially making the bank better able to withstand financial trouble. Banks that are losing money, however, have less ability to do those things.
Columbia Bank fell behind the national average on Bankrate's earnings test, achieving a score of 12 out of a possible 30.
One widely used measure of a bank's earnings is return on equity, or net income (profit, basically) divided by total equity. Columbia Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 5.56 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank earned net income of $27.8 million on total equity of $516.6 million. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.52 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.