Non-Interest Income and Expense
Non-interest income was $1.9 million for the third quarter of 2010, the same as for the third quarter of 2009. Fees and service charges decreased $62,000 between the periods primarily because of decreased ATM fees as a result of exiting a customer ATM relationship in the first quarter of 2010. Gain on sales of loans increased $58,000 due to an increase in the margin realized on the single-family mortgage loans that were sold. Other income increased $11,000 due to a decrease in the losses recognized on the sale of assets between the periods.
Non-interest expense was $7.0 million for the third quarter of 2010, an increase of $1.0 million, or 15.8%, from $6.0 million for the same period of 2009. Loss on real estate owned changed $741,000, from a gain of $357,000 in the third quarter of 2009 to a loss of $384,000 in the third quarter of 2010. Compensation and benefits expense increased $176,000 between the periods primarily because of increased personnel in the commercial loan recovery area and increased pension costs as a result of an increase in the payments required on a defined benefit plan that was frozen in 2002. Deposit insurance expense increased $86,000 between the periods as a result of increased insurance premiums between the periods. Occupancy expense increased $85,000 primarily because of increased software maintenance fees. Other non-interest expenses decreased $128,000 primarily because of a decrease in the costs related to other real estate owned.
Income tax expense was $97,000 in the third quarter of 2010, a decrease of $78,000, from $175,000 in the third quarter of 2009. In the second quarter of 2010, the Company recorded a valuation reserve against the entire deferred tax asset balance. Since the valuation reserve is established against the entire deferred tax asset balance at September 30, 2010, the only amount included as income tax expense for the third quarter of 2010 relates to the taxes on the change in the fair market value of the available for sale investment portfolio.