A bank's profitability has an effect on its safety and soundness. Earnings may be retained by the bank, increasing its capital buffer, or be used to deal with problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Banks that are losing money, however, have less ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, Salem Co-operative Bank scored 4 out of a possible 30, below the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by total equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. Salem Co-operative Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 1.27 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank recorded net income of $838,000 on total equity of $66.0 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.20 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.