A bank's ability to earn money affects its long-term survivability. Earnings can be retained by the bank, giving a boost to its capital buffer, or be used to address problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in tough times. Losses, on the other hand, reduce a bank's ability to do those things.
Brighton Bank scored 26 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's test of earnings, beating 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. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Brighton Bank was 17.52 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank reported net income of $4.2 million on total equity of $24.1 million. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 2.05 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.