How profitable a bank is affects its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, expanding its capital cushion, or put them to work addressing 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.
Metuchen Savings Bank scored 2 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's test of earnings, less than the national average of 15.12.
One key way to measure a bank's earnings is return on equity, or net income (profit, basically) divided by the total amount of equity. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Metuchen Savings Bank was 0.64 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $172,000 on total equity of $26.8 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.07 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.