How profitable a bank is has an effect on its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, increasing its capital cushion, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in tough times. Conversely, losses lessen a bank's ability to do those things.
Mercer Savings Bank scored 10 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's earnings test, falling short of the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by the total amount of equity, is one widely used measure of a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Mercer Savings Bank was 4.60 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $527,000 on total equity of $11.7 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.44 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.