How profitable a bank is affects its long-term survivability. Earnings may be retained by the bank, boosting its capital cushion, or be used to address problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in tough times. Losses, on the other hand, lessen a bank's ability to do those things.
Boston Private Bank & Trust Company scored 14 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's earnings test, 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. Boston Private Bank & Trust Company's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 7.02 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank reported net income of $50.5 million on total equity of $731.9 million. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.63 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.