How profitable a bank is affects its safety and soundness. Earnings can be retained by the bank, giving a boost to its capital buffer, or be used to address problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Banks that are losing money, however, are less able to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, The Cecilian Bank scored 16 out of a possible 30, beating the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by the total amount of equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. The Cecilian Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 7.89 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank earned net income of $6.9 million on total equity of $87.2 million. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.80 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.