What is backdating stock options


03-Sep-2017 15:16

When news broke, earlier this year, that some companies had backdated stock-option grants ...in order to make them more valuable, it seemed like a problem that would come and go quickly... What’s distinctive about this one is that the benefits companies got from backdating were so small.Said another way, do the feds really need to dig that deep to find enough rope to hang executives with?After all, stock option backdating is all the rage these days.the much different – and more financially beneficial – tax rules that apply when issuing “at the money” or "out of the money" stock options.

But how does that relate to hiring prostitutes and drugging customers without their knowledge?The number of shares subject to option was 250,000 and the exercise price was (the trough in the stock price graph below.) Given a year-end price of , the intrinsic value of the options at the end of the year was (-) x 250,000 = ,750,000.



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