A bank's earnings performance affects its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, increasing its capital cushion, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in tough times. Losses, on the other hand, reduce a bank's ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, Central Bank scored 20 out of a possible 30, above the national average of 15.12.
One widely used way to measure a bank's earnings is return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by total equity. Central Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 12.01 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank earned net income of $2.5 million on total equity of $21.6 million. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.51 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.