How successful a credit union is at earning money affects its safety and soundness. Earnings may be retained by the credit union, boosting its capital cushion, or be used to deal with problematic loans, potentially making the credit union more resilient in tough times. Credit unions that are losing money, however, have less ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, FIRST AREA scored 4 out of a possible 30, lower than the national average of 10.11.
One sign that the credit union is doing better than its peers in this area was its earnings ratio of 0.00 percent in our test, better than the average for all credit unions.