How profitable a bank is has an effect on its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, giving a boost to its capital buffer, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in tough times. Losses, on the other hand, take away from a bank's ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, Northwest Bank scored 18 out of a possible 30, beating the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by the total amount of equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Northwest Bank was 7.96 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank recorded net income of $97.3 million on total equity of $1.20 billion for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.01 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.