A bank's profitability affects its long-term survivability. A bank can retain its earnings, expanding its capital buffer, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, likely making the bank better able to withstand economic trouble. Obviously, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
First Bank of Charleston, Inc. fell short of the national average on Bankrate's earnings test, achieving a score of 10 out of a possible 30.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, basically) by total equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for First Bank of Charleston, Inc. was 4.98 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank recorded net income of $1.1 million on total equity of $22.2 million. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.57 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.