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'The True and Fair View' of Executive Stock Option Valuation

  • Seppo Ikaheimo
  • Nuutti Kuosa
  • Vesa Puttonen
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    We compare the market values of executive stock option (ESO) trades with their Black & Scholes (1973) model values calculated following the major accounting standards, SFAS No. 123r and IFRS2. Our results show major underpricing compared to the traditional B&S method values. This should be considered while applying SFAS No. 123r and IFRS2 for estimating fair values. Especially time to expiration has a major influence on the undervaluation suggesting that the possibility of a change in corporate structure lowers the cost of ESOs to shareholders.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal European Accounting Review.

    Volume (Year): 15 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 351-366

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    1. Tian, Yisong S., 2004. "Too much of a good incentive? The case of executive stock options," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 28(6), pages 1225-1245, June.
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