How profitable a bank is affects its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, expanding its capital cushion, or use them to address problematic loans, likely making the bank better able to withstand financial trouble. Losses, on the other hand, reduce a bank's ability to do those things.
Northwest Bank of Rockford scored 18 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's test of earnings, beating out the national average of 15.12.
One important measure of a bank's earnings is return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially profit) by total equity. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Northwest Bank of Rockford was 9.66 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank earned net income of $2.5 million on total equity of $26.7 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.92 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.