Alternatives to Traditional Repricing of Executive Stock Options
The main purpose of this paper is to examine two commonly used alternatives to traditional repricing (TR) of executive stock options (ESOs) in a dynamic agency model. TR practices have become obsolete since new accounting rules took effect in July 2000. To avoid associated variable accounting charges that cause uncertainty in future reported earnings, companies have tried several TR alternatives as solutions to rescuing underwater options. We justify the occurrence of TR alternatives and quantify the impact of the marking-to-market feature imbedded in the new accounting rules. We also propose an incentive measure which is comparable to the subjective value of ESOs claimed by Ingersoll, J (2006) to rank TR alternatives in terms of agent's incentive.
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Volume (Year): 14 (2011)
Issue (Month): 01 ()
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