How profitable a bank is affects its long-term survivability. Earnings may be retained by the bank, increasing its capital buffer, or be used to address problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in tough times. Losses, on the other hand, diminish a bank's ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's earnings test, The City National Bank of Metropolis scored 12 out of a possible 30, below 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 City National Bank of Metropolis's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 5.62 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank earned net income of $2.6 million on total equity of $46.7 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.66 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.