How profitable a bank is affects its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, increasing its capital buffer, or use them to address problematic loans, likely making the bank better able to withstand economic shocks. Banks that are losing money, however, are less able to do those things.
Community Bank beat the national average on Bankrate's earnings test, achieving a score of 22 out of a possible 30.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by total equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. Community Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 12.32 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank recorded net income of $7.4 million on total equity of $60.2 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.04 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.