How profitable a bank is has an effect on its safety and soundness. Earnings can be retained by the bank, giving a boost to its capital cushion, or be used to deal with problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Losses, on the other hand, diminish a bank's ability to do those things.
FirstBank scored 24 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's earnings test, beating the national average of 15.12.
One key measure of a bank's earnings is return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by total equity. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for FirstBank was 16.36 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank earned net income of $231.6 million on total equity of $1.46 billion for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.34 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.