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3 quick tips for streamlining your stock-based pay plans

Keep your employees motivated with stock-based compensation, the thinking goes, and you will be rewarded with high productivity and gains in your company’s growth track. What managers often fail to consider is that if they make mistakes along the way—and we’ve seen many when it comes to equity-based compensation plans—they could actually end up with […]


Evaluating an acquisition target: pay attention to the gray areas

What’s more shocking: HP’s $8.8 billion (yes, billion!) impairment charge recorded in its recently completed fourth quarter, or the fact that it blames the charge on the “accounting improprieties and disclosure failures” of Autonomy, a UK-based company it acquired just last year? Clearly, investors were not pleased, as evinced by the immediate drop in stock […]


Bucking tradition: is stock-based comp expense a worthy performance measure for Facebook?

U.S. accounting standards require companies to recognize expense based on the fair value of the stock-based compensation awards issued to employees; most commonly these are stock options and restricted stock units. Some know this accounting standard as Financial Accounting Standard (FAS) 123R, now referred to as Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 718. Most companies adopted this […]

Facebook’s IPO is truly special

Speaking as someone who’s been engaged with tons of IPO filings, Facebook’s was the most interesting S-1 read ever. IPOs, in general, typically provide a high-energy, exciting, positive environment, but this one is special—the theme throughout seems to emanate “we’re here for the greater good.” Here’s a summary of the highlights: Making business decisions over […]


Latest revenue recognition guidance: throw out the recipe box

It’s been more than a decade in the making, but the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) are in the final throes of issuing a global revenue recognition standard to replace all others, including the mirage of industry-specific guidance the United States follows today. The new guidance is “principles-based,” […]


On the menu: IFRS and “diet” IFRS

Ever thought moving to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) would make financial reporting easier for small private companies? Think again. In 2009, after several years of due diligence, the International Accounting Standards Board issued a less-robust set of accounting guidance—kind of a “diet” IFRS—for small and medium-size entities (SMEs). Just recently, the IASB requested feedback […]