A bank's profitability affects its safety and soundness. Earnings can be retained by the bank, expanding its capital cushion, or be used to deal with problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. However, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
First Interstate Bank scored 18 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's test of earnings, beating 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 Interstate Bank was 9.75 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank recorded net income of $135.8 million on total equity of $1.43 billion for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.12 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.