A bank's earnings performance affects its safety and soundness. Earnings can be retained by the bank, boosting its capital buffer, or be used to deal with problematic loans, likely making the bank better able to withstand economic shocks. Banks that are losing money, however, have less ability to do those things.
New York Community Bank scored 16 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's earnings test, beating out the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by the total amount of equity, is one key measure of a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for New York Community Bank was 8.13 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank earned net income of $507.9 million on total equity of $6.44 billion. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.12 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.