How profitable a bank is has an effect on its long-term survivability. A bank can retain its earnings, expanding its capital buffer, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. However, banks that are losing money are less able to do those things.
Commerce Bank scored 22 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's earnings test, beating the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by total equity, is one key measure of a bank's earnings. Commerce Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 13.25 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank recorded net income of $310.0 million on total equity of $2.41 billion. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.24 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.