What is in a Share Appreciation Rights Plan?
Date of Grant. The date of the grant is the day in which the share appreciation right is given to you.
Exercise Price. Similar to an ESOP, the exercise price determines if you will make money in the stock. However, the cash payout is only the difference between the current price and the exercise price. There is no need for you to purchase the stock in a Share Appreciation Plan
Vesting Schedule. The vesting schedule specifies when the shares can be exercised or if any performance criteria need to be met.
When Should You Use a Share Appreciation Rights Plan?
Share Appreciation Rights are similar to Employee Stock Options Plans (ESOP) with the difference that the exercise results in cash. You should be aware of the various advantages and disadvantages vs an ESOP with regard to investment allocation and tax and choose accordingly.
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- Shareholder Agreement
- Option Agreement
- Employee Option Repurchase Agreement
- Share Appreciation Rights Plan
- Share Option Plan
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