A bank's profitability affects its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, boosting its capital cushion, or use them to address 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.
Frontier Bank did above-average on Bankrate's earnings test, achieving a score of 26 out of a possible 30.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by the total amount of equity, is one important measure of a bank's earnings. Frontier Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 17.13 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank recorded net income of $5.5 million on total equity of $31.8 million. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.91 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.