How profitable a bank is affects its safety and soundness. Earnings may be retained by the bank, giving a boost to its capital buffer, or be used to address problematic loans, potentially making the bank better able to withstand financial trouble. Losses, on the other hand, diminish a bank's ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, Balboa Thrift and Loan Association scored 8 out of a possible 30, below the national average of 15.12.
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. Balboa Thrift and Loan Association's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 3.35 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank recorded net income of $1.3 million on total equity of $38.3 million. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.50 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.