How profitable a bank is has an effect on its safety and soundness. Earnings may be retained by the bank, boosting its capital cushion, or be used to deal with problematic loans, likely making the bank better prepared to withstand financial trouble. Banks that are losing money, however, have less ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, First Financial Bank, National Association scored 14 out of a possible 30, lower than the national average of 15.12.
One important 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 First Financial Bank, National Association was 6.71 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $26.7 million on total equity of $389.1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.92 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.