How profitable a bank is has an effect on its long-term survivability. 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 times of trouble. Obviously, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
Portage Community Bank fell short of the national average on Bankrate's test of earnings, achieving a score of 14 out of a possible 30.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by total equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Portage Community Bank was 6.61 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank recorded net income of $2.4 million on total equity of $36.5 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.72 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.