How profitable a bank is has an effect on its long-term survivability. Earnings can be retained by the bank, boosting its capital buffer, or be used to address problematic loans, potentially making the bank better prepared to withstand economic shocks. However, banks that are losing money are less able to do those things.
Brookline Bank scored 18 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's earnings test, beating the national average of 15.12.
One key measure of a bank's earnings is return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by total equity. Brookline Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 9.17 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $36.9 million on total equity of $427.2 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.92 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.