A bank's profitability affects its long-term survivability. A bank can retain its earnings, giving a boost to its capital buffer, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in tough times. However, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, Flushing Bank scored 14 out of a possible 30, failing to reach the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by total equity, is one key measure of a bank's earnings. Flushing Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 6.98 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank recorded net income of $43.8 million on total equity of $634.1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.70 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.