A bank's profitability affects its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, expanding its capital cushion, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, potentially making the bank better prepared to withstand economic trouble. Obviously, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
Optum Bank, Inc. scored 22 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's test of earnings, beating the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by total equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Optum Bank, Inc. was 13.46 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $124.1 million on total equity of $993.3 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.62 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.