A bank's profitability has an effect on its long-term survivability. Earnings may be retained by the bank, giving a boost to its capital cushion, or be used to deal with problematic loans, likely making the bank better prepared to withstand financial shocks. Obviously, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
The Union Bank scored 20 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's earnings test, beating out the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, basically) by the total amount of equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. The Union Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 10.94 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank recorded net income of $2.8 million on total equity of $23.3 million. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.03 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.