How profitable a bank is has an effect on its safety and soundness. Earnings can be retained by the bank, giving a boost to its capital buffer, or be used to deal with problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Obviously, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
The New Washington State Bank beat the national average on Bankrate's test of earnings, achieving a score of 24 out of a possible 30.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by the total amount of equity, is one key measure of a bank's earnings. The New Washington State Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 15.17 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank recorded net income of $4.6 million on total equity of $31.2 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.50 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.