How profitable a bank is affects its safety and soundness. Earnings may be retained by the bank, expanding its capital cushion, or be used to address problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in tough times. Obviously, banks that are losing money are less able to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, BBVA Compass scored 8 out of a possible 30, coming in below the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, basically) by total equity, is one widely used measure of a bank's earnings. BBVA Compass's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 3.49 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank reported net income of $423.1 million on total equity of $12.12 billion. The bank reported 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.