Monster backdating

Jim Treacy, Former President/COO Monster Worldwide, spent 20 years at the pinnacle of Corporate America.

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If your browser does not accept cookies, you cannot view this site.There are many reasons why a cookie could not be set correctly.After accounting for forfeitures, Apple was forced to recognize stock-based compensation expense of 5 million on a pretax basis that it hadn't done so previously.Apple has essentially blamed former chief financial officer Fred Anderson and former general counsel and board secretary Nancy Heinen, both of whom are no longer with the company. All stemming from the practice known as “options backdating.” Options backdating occurs when a company issues stock options on one date, but reports in its financials an earlier issue date to create a “strike” or exercise price equal to the earlier date’s lower price.

Another consequence is that the company underrepresents the real nature of an executive’s compensation, perpetuating the myth that options are performance-based incentive compensation.

The backdating problem was first highlighted by Professor Erik Lie of the University of Iowa, who published his initial study in 2004.

Professor Lie concluded that the robust profitability of so many options was statistically impossible absent some artificial influence such as backdating.

Here's a look at companies that have come under scrutiny for past stock-option grants and practices.

THIS SCORECARD WAS LAST UPDATED IN SEPTEMBER 2007 AND IS NO LONGER BEING UPDATED. Note: This list contains companies that have disclosed government probes, misdated options, restatements and/or executive departures as of Septmeber 2007.

As a result, it is possible that Activision will be required to record additional stock-based compensation expense related to stock-option grants.