A bank's profitability has an effect on its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, giving a boost to its capital cushion, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in tough times. Banks that are losing money, however, have less ability to do those things.
West End Bank, S.B. scored 6 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's earnings test, lower than the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by total equity, is one key measure of a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for West End Bank, S.B. was 2.81 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $780,000 on total equity of $28.2 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.27 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.