How profitable a bank is affects its safety and soundness. Earnings can be retained by the bank, expanding its capital cushion, or be used to address problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in tough times. Banks that are losing money, however, have less ability to do those things.
Tri-Valley Bank received above-average marks on Bankrate's earnings test, achieving a score of 20 out of a possible 30.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by total equity, is one important measure of a bank's earnings. Tri-Valley Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 10.42 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank reported net income of $1.9 million on total equity of $18.7 million. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.35 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.