A bank's profitability affects its safety and soundness. Earnings can be retained by the bank, expanding its capital cushion, or be used to address problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in tough times. Obviously, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, Sterling Bank scored 26 out of a possible 30, beating out the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by the total amount of equity, is one important measure of a bank's earnings. Sterling Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 17.77 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank earned net income of $3.5 million on total equity of $19.7 million. The bank experienced 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.