How profitable a bank is affects its long-term survivability. A bank can retain its earnings, expanding its capital cushion, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, likely making the bank better prepared to withstand financial trouble. Conversely, losses diminish a bank's ability to do those things.
First Community Bank scored 24 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's test of earnings, better than 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. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for First Community Bank was 14.94 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank earned net income of $4.2 million on total equity of $27.8 million. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.51 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.