Title: Accounting standards for employee stock option disclosure

Authors: Geoffrey Poitras

Addresses: Faculty of Business Administration, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C., V5A 1S6, Canada

Abstract: Recent changes to accounting standards for employee stock-based compensation with contingent features are examined. The implementation of FAS 123R by the Financial Accounting Standards Board in December 2005 now requires the fair value of such expenses to be recorded in net income. This accounting change is now impacting the reported financial statements of firms that have been substantial users of employee stock options. This provides an opportunity to directly observe the actual impact FAS 123R is having on such firms. Arguments for and against mandatory expensing are reviewed and an assessment of the contrasting positions provided. Significant limitations of current reporting requirements for executive stock options identified in Poitras (2004) still have not been addressed.

Keywords: employee stock options; ESO; mandatory expensing; executive stock options; ExSO; stock option disclosure; corporate governance; business governance; stock-based compensation; financial reporting.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBGE.2007.015213

International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, 2007 Vol.3 No.4, pp.473 - 487

Published online: 26 Sep 2007 *

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