A bank's earnings performance affects its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, increasing its capital cushion, or use them to deal with problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in tough times. Banks that are losing money, however, have less ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, Washington Federal, National Association scored 18 out of a possible 30, better than the national average of 15.12.
One important way to measure a bank's earnings is return on equity, or net income (profit, basically) divided by total equity. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Washington Federal, National Association was 9.33 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank reported net income of $184.2 million on total equity of $1.98 billion. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.22 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.