A bank's profitability has an effect on its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, giving a boost to its capital buffer, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Losses, on the other hand, reduce a bank's ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, Bank of America California, National Association scored 18 out of a possible 30, better than the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by total equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Bank of America California, National Association was 8.96 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank recorded net income of $292.0 million on total equity of $3.23 billion. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.33 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.