Annual Stock Option Grants Calculator Overview
One of the ways that companies reward their employees for the contributions they make to the business is by offering them annual stock option grants. These are ownership shares in the company itself given to workers as part of their compensation. It not only rewards them financially, but gives them a stake in the company's success and allows them to benefit from the gains they have helped produce.
While a single year's stock option grant may not seem like a lot of money, as stock options are accumulated and matured their value increases dramatically. If your company offers annual stock option grants, or if you are an employer who is considering offering this employment perk to your employees, then you should see how the value of annual stock option grants can improve over the years.
Of course, employee stock options are only valuable if the company prospers and the stock increases in value. If the company falls on hard times or even goes out of business, the stock can fall in value or even become worthless. For that reason, you don't want to have your entire retirement fund tied up in your company's stock.
For this reason, many employees choose to cash out part of their employee stock and transfer it to other investments, so as to diversify their holdings and protect themselves against a downturn in the company stock. However, most companies require that you hold your stock option grants for a certain length of time before you can cash them out.
Using the Annual Stock Option Grants Calculator
The calculator assumes that you are just beginning to receive stock option grants from your company. You can still use it if you've already been receiving stock options for a few years, but you'll need to make some adjustments. See below.
Enter the following:
- The current stock price is the per-share price of the stock the first year you began receiving stock options. The calculator assumes the current price is the strike price or the value of the stock when it was issued to you. If you have been receiving stock for several years, enter the original stock price at the time you began receiving stock options.
- The stock option grant is the number of shares you are given each year.
- Enter your best estimate for the rate the stock will appreciate at. Click on the phrase "stock appreciates at" for historical guidance on stock appreciation rates.
- Enter the number of years over which you wish to project stock performance.
The calculator will show the total number of shares you will receive over that span of time and the projected average strike price – that is, the average value of the shares at the time you receive them.
The calculator will show the projected growth in the price per share of your options over the length of time chosen, as well as the projected growth in value of your entire portfolio. A more detailed breakdown may be seen by using the "View Report" button.