A bank's earnings performance has an effect on its long-term survivability. A bank can retain its earnings, increasing its capital cushion, or use them to address problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in tough times. However, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, Alpine Bank scored 20 out of a possible 30, above the national average of 15.12.
One key way to measure a bank's earnings is return on equity, or net income (essentially profit) divided by total equity. Alpine Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 12.09 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $36.6 million on total equity of $311.7 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.11 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.