How profitable a bank is has an effect on its long-term survivability. Earnings can be retained by the bank, giving a boost to its capital buffer, or be used to address problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Conversely, losses diminish a bank's ability to do those things.
West Union Bank scored 12 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 (profit, essentially) 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 West Union Bank was 5.64 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank earned net income of $795,000 on total equity of $13.9 million. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.44 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.