How profitable a bank is has an effect on its long-term survivability. Earnings can be retained by the bank, giving a boost to its capital cushion, or be used to address problematic loans, likely making the bank better able to withstand economic shocks. However, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, Century Bank and Trust scored 8 out of a possible 30, falling short of 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 the total amount of equity. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Century Bank and Trust was 3.30 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank recorded net income of $1.2 million on total equity of $36.5 million. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.39 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.