A bank's earnings performance affects its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, expanding its capital buffer, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Obviously, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's earnings test, Puget Sound Bank scored 16 out of a possible 30, exceeding the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by total equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. Puget Sound Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 8.17 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank earned net income of $4.8 million on total equity of $60.0 million. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.87 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.