How profitable a bank is affects its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, expanding its capital buffer, or use them to address problematic loans, potentially making the bank better prepared to withstand financial shocks. Obviously, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, The Pitney Bowes Bank, Inc. scored 30 out of a possible 30, above the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by the total amount of equity, is one widely used measure of a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for The Pitney Bowes Bank, Inc. was 86.54 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $63.0 million on total equity of $73.0 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 8.79 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.