How profitable a bank is has an effect on its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, expanding its capital cushion, or use them to deal with problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Losses, on the other hand, reduce a bank's ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's earnings test, Dime Community Bank scored 18 out of a possible 30, beating the national average of 15.12.
One important measure of a bank's earnings is return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially profit) by total equity. Dime Community Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 9.20 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank reported net income of $55.8 million on total equity of $643.3 million. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.90 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.