A bank's profitability has an effect on its safety and soundness. Earnings can be retained by the bank, giving a boost to its capital cushion, or be used to deal with problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Obviously, banks that are losing money are less able to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, Commerce Bank scored 26 out of a possible 30, exceeding the national average of 15.12.
One widely used way to measure a bank's earnings is return on equity, or net income (essentially profit) divided by total equity. Commerce Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 17.05 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank recorded net income of $2.2 million on total equity of $12.7 million. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.96 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.