Options backdating


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Options backdating

Awarding employees with stock options those are dated prior to the actual grant date. The date chosen could be one when the company’s stock was at a low, so the options can be in-the-money at the time of granting itself. The practice is illegal if it is not followed by proper disclosure and related expenses are not recorded in financial statements.
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In a working paper, Grullon, Kanatas, and Weston (2014) found that organizations in areas with a higher level of per capita adherents to an organized religion were less likely to be the targets of class action lawsuits, engage in forms of options backdating that are not illegal per se, and manipulate their earnings.
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(18.) Fleischer, V., "Options Backdating, Tax Shelters, and Corporate Culture," (2005), working paper, University of Colorado Law School.