Stock Appreciation Right

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Stock Appreciation Right (SAR)

A contractual right, often granted in tandem with an option that allows an individual to receive cash or stock of a value equal to the appreciation of the stock from the grant date to the date the SAR is exercised.

Stock Appreciation Right

A bonus that an employer pays an employee equal to the price appreciation on the company's stock over a given period of time. This is much like an employee stock option. The primary difference is that the employee does not have to actually buy stock; that is, he/she does not have to pay anything. Rather, the employee simply receives the cash or stock bonus in the specified amount.

stock appreciation right

Executive compensation that permits an employee to receive cash or stock equal to the amount by which the firm's stock price exceeds a specified base price.
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A formula is provided for the calculation of the income arising from stock appreciation rights and a separate formula for income arising from restricted stock," Vyoma said.
The notice also states that where an individual receives stock options, stock appreciation rights or restricted stocks for the first time in a certain tax year, the income from the stock plan is allowed to be calculated separately from the monthly employment income.
But when it comes to stock options, the FASB shouldn't erode the real differences between fixed stock options and stock appreciation rights or performance-type plans by trying to bring about artificial comparability among them.
162-27(e)(2)(vi), compensation from the exercise of stock options or stock appreciation rights (SARs) is deemed to satisfy the performance goal requirement if:
nonqualified stock options, incentive stock options (ISOs), restricted stock grants, stock appreciation rights (SARs) or performance share plans.
For example, the types of payments not treated as deferred compensation include stock appreciation rights (SARs), stock options and certain other stock-related rights.
In TAM 9540003, prior to and independent of the reorganization, a target company had adopted "Management Incentive Plans," which entitled key employees to stock options and stock appreciation rights (SARs).
80-300 has interpreted this rule in a non-qualified deferred compensation setting involving stock appreciation rights (SARs).
However, the disallowance will not apply to any performance-based compensation, such as stock options or stock appreciation rights, that is paid after achieving goals previously set by a directors' compensation committee and approved by the shareholders in a separate vote.
Assuming a moderate increase in share value over time, options would be more cost-effective under the proposed statement than cash stock appreciation rights (SARs), restricted stock performance shares or performance units.
Tekelec (NASDAQ: TKLC), a leading developer of high-performance network applications for next-generation fixed, mobile and packet networks, announced that on February 12, 2008, the Company awarded a total of 66,000 restricted stock units ("RSUs") to twenty employees and 16,000 stock appreciation rights ("SARs") to one employee who had commenced employment with the Company between January 2, 2008 and the award date.