How profitable a bank is affects its long-term survivability. Earnings can be retained by the bank, giving a boost to its capital cushion, or be used to deal with problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. However, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
Northeast Bank exceeded the national average on Bankrate's earnings test, achieving a score of 20 out of a possible 30.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by the total amount of equity, is one key measure of a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Northeast Bank was 11.60 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank reported net income of $16.0 million on total equity of $145.8 million. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.54 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.