A bank's profitability has an effect on its long-term survivability. Earnings may be retained by the bank, increasing its capital buffer, or be used to address problematic loans, potentially making the bank better able to withstand financial shocks. Banks that are losing money, however, are less able to do those things.
On Bankrate's earnings test, Commerce West Bank scored 18 out of a possible 30, above the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by total equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. Commerce West Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 8.21 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank earned net income of $5.0 million on total equity of $60.2 million. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.83 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.