A bank's earnings performance has an effect on its long-term survivability. Earnings can be retained by the bank, increasing its capital cushion, or be used to address problematic loans, potentially making the bank better able to withstand financial shocks. Losses, on the other hand, take away from a bank's ability to do those things.
Portage County Bank scored 12 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's test of earnings, falling short of the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by total equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Portage County Bank was 5.68 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank recorded net income of $1.0 million on total equity of $17.9 million. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.62 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.