How profitable a bank is affects its long-term survivability. A bank can retain its earnings, giving a boost to its capital cushion, or use them to address problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in tough times. Obviously, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, Ledyard National Bank scored 18 out of a possible 30, beating out the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by the total amount of equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. Ledyard National Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 9.28 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank recorded net income of $3.9 million on total equity of $43.2 million. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.82 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.