A bank's profitability has an effect on its long-term survivability. Earnings may be retained by the bank, increasing its capital buffer, or be used to deal with problematic loans, likely making the bank better able to withstand financial shocks. Banks that are losing money, however, are less able to do those things.
North Valley Bank did below-average on Bankrate's test of earnings, achieving a score of 14 out of a possible 30.
One key measure of a bank's earnings is return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by the total amount of equity. North Valley Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 6.58 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank earned net income of $1.2 million on total equity of $19.5 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.60 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.