A bank's ability to earn money has an effect on its safety and soundness. Earnings may be retained by the bank, giving a boost to its capital buffer, or be used to deal with problematic loans, likely making the bank better prepared to withstand economic trouble. Conversely, losses lessen a bank's ability to do those things.
Bank Forward outperformed the average on Bankrate's test of earnings, achieving a score of 22 out of a possible 30.
One key measure of a bank's earnings is return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by total equity. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Bank Forward was 14.48 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank recorded net income of $8.2 million on total equity of $58.3 million. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.48 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.