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Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on LinkedIn. All forms of employee as well as other share-based awards - referred to as "share-based payments" "SBPs" - now give rise to an accounting expense, and a consequent reduction in profits, unless the company is small enough to qualify to prepare its accounts under the accounting standard for small enterprises known as "FRSSE". These standards contain two distinct regimes: In the case of an "equity-settled share-based payment", the accounting expense is determined by reference to the fair market value of the award at the time of grant, whereas, in the case of a cash-settled share-based payment, the total cost to be recognised can only be finally determined when the employee ultimately receives the benefit of the award, usually in the form of a cash payment after the award has become vested.
The overall accounting cost of a cash-settled share-based payment to be recognised by the company making the award will or should be broadly the same as the value of the benefit to the employee of that award.
However, in the case of an equity-settled share-based payment, as the amount of the expense is determined at the time of making the award, that cost will not necessarily equate to the value of the benefit which the employee ultimately derives when, or after, the award has become vested.
In some circumstances, for example, the employee may not ultimately receive any benefit whatsoever e. If an equity-settled share-based payment takes the form of an immediately-vested award of shares, then it may be relatively easy to determine the fair value of the award as this will typically be the market value of the award shares at the time it is made.
However, a share option does not itself normally have a clearly defined market value at the time of grant. In this case, it is necessary to determine a theoretical fair value using advanced mathematics based upon what is known as the "Black-Scholes formula".
This has six assumptions or inputs. Spreadsheet-based Black-Scholes calculators are now widely available on the internet to enable these calculations to be made. Collectively, these are known as "option-pricing theories". Despite their seeming differences, they are all based on the Black-Scholes formula. If a share option has an unusual structure or vesting depends upon certain performance conditions, a Monte Carlo-based approach may be appropriate for accounting purposes.
However, the standards do not specify the use of any particular form of option-pricing theory and, in most cases, a basic Black-Scholes approach will be sufficient.
As well as determining the basic fair value as at the time of the award, it is also necessary, in the case of awards which do not immediately become vested, to estimate the likelihood that the award will become vested to any extent, as this too is taken into account in determining the accounting expense.
In this respect, the standards distinguish between three factors which might affect vesting. The interaction of these conditions and an option-pricing theory can be highly complex. For service, and non-market, performance conditions, the company is able to revise its estimate of likely vesting made at the time of grant so as to reflect the actual level of vesting.
This process is referred to as "truing up". A consequence of being able to "true up" is, for example, that if the business fails to meet a non-market performance condition such as an EPS-based performance target and none of the award shares become vested, there will be no overall accounting expense to be recognised. In the case of market-based performance conditions, such as performance targets linked to growth in share price or relative or absolute growth in TSR, the estimate made at the time of grant, of the level of vesting, cannot thereafter be changed, regardless of the actual level of vesting achieved.
Once the anticipated total cost of an equity-settled share-based payment at the date of grant has been determined, it is spread over the accounting periods making up the vesting period. For a cash-settled share-based payment, estimates of the accrued liability to date are made at the end of each accounting period.
These are later revised when the ultimate liability becomes known. For a cash-settled share-based payment, the accounting double entry that corresponds with the expense is a real liability recorded in 'Creditors'. However, in the case of an equity-settled share-based payment, the accounting expense is a notional cost and the corresponding double entry is in 'Shareholders' funds', not 'Creditors'. The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only.
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