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This Annual Stock Option Grants Calculator can help you project how the value of the stock options provided by your employer may grow over time. To use it, you'll need the current price of the stock, how much new stock you're given per year, the projected rate of appreciation, and the length of time over which you wish to estimate the growth in value of your employee stock holdings. The calculator will take these figures into consideration and produce a graph of your stock options' appreciation in value over time, as well as a table showing annual contributions and the annual appreciation in value of the stock itself and of your account.
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.
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.
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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.