A bank's profitability affects its long-term survivability. A bank can retain its earnings, boosting its capital cushion, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Conversely, losses lessen a bank's ability to do those things.
The Merchants National Bank of Sacramento scored 8 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's test of earnings, coming in below the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) 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 The Merchants National Bank of Sacramento was 3.75 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank reported net income of $788,000 on total equity of $20.8 million. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.37 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.