How profitable a bank is has an effect on its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, expanding its capital buffer, or use them to address problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in tough times. Conversely, losses diminish a bank's ability to do those things.
First Cahawba Bank scored 6 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's test of earnings, lower than the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, basically) by total equity, is one widely used measure of a bank's earnings. First Cahawba Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 2.09 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank recorded net income of $278,000 on total equity of $13.2 million. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.27 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.