What is the journal entry to record stock options being exercised?
The visual below illustrates the two key activities that must be performed. First, you have to figure out how to record the stock option expense during the vesting period. Next, you need to figure out what entry is needed when the stock options are exercised.
For example, on January 1, Year 1, Thayer Robotics granted stock options to the rockstar female CEO to purchase of 25,000 shares of the company’s $20 par value common stock at $42 per share. All stock options were exercised on December 28, Year 1. Using an acceptable option pricing model, Thayer Robotics calculated total compensation cost of $300,000. The quoted market prices of Thayer’s $15 par value common stock were $43 on January 1, Year 1 and $49 on December 28, Year 1.
The journal entry to record the options when they are exercised would be:
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