How profitable a bank is has an effect on its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, increasing its capital buffer, or use them to address problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in tough times. Obviously, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
The Bank of Advance outperformed the average on Bankrate's test of earnings, achieving a score of 26 out of a possible 30.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by total equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for The Bank of Advance was 16.54 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank earned net income of $7.0 million on total equity of $40.6 million. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 2.26 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.