A bank's profitability affects its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, increasing its capital buffer, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in tough times. Conversely, losses diminish a bank's ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's earnings test, Mechanics Bank scored 12 out of a possible 30, failing to reach the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by the total amount of equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. Mechanics Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 5.80 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $1.4 million on total equity of $23.0 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.61 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.