Interest income and fees on loans for the third quarter of 2012 totaled $52.6 million, which included $7.0 million of discount accretion from accelerated principal reductions, payoffs and improved credit loss experience on covered loans acquired from San Joaquin Bank (“SJB”). This represented a decrease of $184,000, or 0.35%, when compared to interest income on loans of $52.8 million, which included $4.0 million of discount accretion on acquired loans, for the same period last year.
Loans acquired from the SJB acquisition continue to perform better than originally expected. We monitor our credit loss experience on a quarterly basis and noted no significant changes during the third quarter of 2012. At September 30, 2012, the remaining discount associated with the SJB loans approximated $28.6 million. The FDIC loss sharing asset totaled $22.3 million at September 30, 2012 and will continue to be reduced by loss claims submitted to the FDIC with the remaining balance amortized on the same basis as the discount, not to exceed its remaining contract life of approximately 2 years.
Non-interest income was $2.6 million for the third quarter of 2012 compared with $2.3 million for the second quarter. Non-interest income for the third quarter was reduced by a $7.1 million net decrease in the FDIC loss sharing asset, compared to $9.3 million for the second quarter. Non-interest income for the second quarter also included $2.0 million in gain on the sale of 11 covered loans held-for-sale with a net carrying value of $3.7 million. The decrease in the loss sharing asset was primarily due to the continuing resolution of covered assets and reflects improved credit loss experienced in our covered loan portfolio. If these items are excluded from both quarters, non-interest income of $9.7 million was up slightly from $9.6 million for the second quarter.
Non-interest expense for the third quarter of 2012 was $50.0 million, an increase of $21.1 million over the second quarter of 2012 and $17.2 million over the third quarter of 2011. The increase was due to the $20.4 million in debt termination expense resulting from the repayment of $250.0 million of fixed rate loans to the Federal Home Loan Bank.