A bank's earnings performance has an effect on its long-term survivability. 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 times of trouble. Obviously, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Lakewood scored 12 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's test of earnings, below the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, basically) by total equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Lakewood was 5.27 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $9.2 million on total equity of $177.4 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.54 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.