A bank's earnings performance has an effect on its safety and soundness. Earnings may be retained by the bank, increasing its capital buffer, or be used to address problematic loans, likely making the bank better able to withstand financial shocks. Losses, on the other hand, reduce a bank's ability to do those things.
Applied Bank exceeded the national average on Bankrate's test of earnings, achieving a score of 18 out of a possible 30.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) 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 Applied Bank was 9.10 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank recorded net income of $3.8 million on total equity of $40.2 million. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.74 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.