This week we continue our compensation toolkit series with practical insights on accounting for stock-based award modifications.
In our Toolkit podcast series, we take a deep dive into one accounting topic each month that goes beyond the basics and into areas that require judgment. This month, we are covering stock-based compensation – a complex subject with a variety of accounting and reporting considerations.
In this episode, Heather Horn was joined by PwC National Office partners Jay Seliber and Ken Stoler to discuss a number of scenarios and accounting considerations related to stock-based compensation award modifications.
In this episode, you will hear them discuss:
  • 1:22 - An overview of stock option modifications
  • 12:20 - Four types of modifications to awards with vesting conditions
  • 29:22 - How to think through changes to the classification of an award
  • 37:34 - Accounting for changes to performance conditions
  • 45:52 - Working through changes to market conditions
  • 53:22 - Final advice for companies dealing with stock option modifications

Want to learn more? Refer to previous episodes in our Compensation toolkit series on equity or liability classification and unraveling complex vesting conditions, along with earlier podcasts on stock-based compensation including back to basics and presentation and disclosure. See also our Stock-based compensation guide. Stay tuned for more insightful episodes in the coming weeks.
About our guests
Jay Seliber is a partner in PwC’s National Office. He leverages over 30 years of experience to help clients with their most complex accounting matters, particularly in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, revenue recognition, stock compensation, earnings per share, employee benefits, restructurings, impairments, and financing transactions. Jay is presently PwC's representative on the FASB's Emerging Issues Task Force.
Ken Stoler is a partner in PwC’s National Office with over 25 years of experience. Ken specializes in financial reporting and plan design issues related to equity compensation arrangements, retirement and healthcare plans, and other benefits, helping companies navigate their employee compensation issues during an IPO, spin off, acquisition, or other major transaction or event.
About our host
Heather Horn is PwC’s National Office thought leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series. With over 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.
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