NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Valuing the Reload Features of Executive Stock Options

Steven Huddart, Ravi Jagannathan, Jane Saly

NBER Working Paper No. 7020
Issued in March 1999
NBER Program(s):   CF   AP

Under Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123, the grant date value of executive stock options excludes the value of any reload feature because, at the time of writing the standard in 1995, the Financial Accounting Standards Board believed it was not feasible to value a reload feature at the grant date. We show how the Binomial Option Pricing Model can be used to determine the grant date value of such options. Ignoring the reload feature can substantially understate the value of the option: the reload feature increases the value of an otherwise similar option by 24 percent in the example we consider. In view of the potential significance of the reload feature and the versatility of the Binomial Option Pricing Model, the Financial Accounting Standards Board may wish to reconsider the accounting for options with a reload feature.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w7020

Published: Accounting Horizons, Vol. 13, no. 3 (September 1999): 219-240.

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