Many companies, knowing that out-of-the-money, or underwater, share options can affect
the morale and retention of key employees, are considering whether and how to modify
outstanding awards. Companies exploring strategies should understand their accounting
implications as well as the business, organizational, and regulatory concerns that are the
context for the strategies. This edition of Defining Issues describes the accounting implications
of the more common approaches and some basic factors that should be considered when a
company tailors a strategy to its specific circumstances.