A bank's profitability affects its long-term survivability. Earnings can be retained by the bank, giving a boost to its capital buffer, or be used to deal with problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in tough times. Banks that are losing money, however, are less able to do those things.
First Metro Bank scored 20 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's test of earnings, exceeding the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by total equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for First Metro Bank was 11.43 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank recorded net income of $7.7 million on total equity of $67.7 million. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.29 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.