A bank's profitability has an effect on its long-term survivability. A bank can retain its earnings, giving a boost to its capital cushion, or use them to deal with problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Obviously, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
Citizens Bank scored 12 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's test of earnings, coming in below the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by total equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Citizens Bank was 5.50 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank reported net income of $480,000 on total equity of $8.7 million. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.66 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.