A bank's earnings performance affects its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, giving a boost to its capital buffer, or use them to address problematic loans, potentially making the bank better able to withstand economic trouble. Obviously, banks that are losing money are less able to do those things.
Carolina Alliance Bank scored 14 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's test of earnings, falling short of the national average of 15.12.
One key measure of a bank's earnings is return on equity, or net income (profit, essentially) divided by the total amount of equity. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Carolina Alliance Bank was 6.39 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank earned net income of $4.8 million on total equity of $78.1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.71 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.