A bank's earnings performance has an effect on its long-term survivability. A bank can retain its earnings, boosting its capital buffer, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in tough times. Banks that are losing money, however, have less ability to do those things.
Comenity Bank scored 30 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, or net income (profit, basically) divided by the total amount of equity. Comenity Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 27.70 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank earned net income of $462.7 million on total equity of $1.78 billion. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 3.72 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.