How profitable a bank is has an effect on its long-term survivability. Earnings can be retained by the bank, boosting its capital buffer, or be used to deal with problematic loans, likely making the bank better prepared to withstand economic trouble. Obviously, banks that are losing money are less able to do those things.
Willamette Community Bank received below-average marks on Bankrate's earnings test, achieving a score of 8 out of a possible 30.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, basically) by the total amount of equity, is one key measure of a bank's earnings. Willamette Community Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 3.91 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $440,000 on total equity of $11.4 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.39 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.