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Equity Compensation Trends

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Equity Compensation Trends, an Equilar publication, examines equity compensation design and granting practices of Equilar 500 companies, and tracks this data for those companies over the last five fiscal years. The Equilar 500 tracks the 500 largest, by reported revenue, U.S.-headquartered companies trading on one of the major U.S. stock exchanges (NYSE, Nasdaq or NYSE MKT (formerly AMEX)), adjusted to approximate the industry sector mix of similar large-cap indices. The report identifies trends in how companies award and design equity compensation to their management teams and employees, including the use of options and restricted stock, how often companies grant performance-based awards, and more. E*TRADE Financial Corporate Services, Inc. offers independent commentary regarding how companies structure equity pay.

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Key Findings:

  • The percentage of Equilar 500 companies granting options fell from 71.1% in fiscal 2012 to 59.4% in 2016, while over 95% granted restricted stock in each year since 2012
  • At the median, Equilar 500 companies in the financial sector granted the least equity overall in 2016, while technology companies granted the most shares of restricted stock—nearly 3.4 million shares, almost four times the nearest sector (industrial goods)
  • Healthcare companies granted 1.2 million stock options at the median in 2016, greater than twice any other sector
  • The percentage of Equilar 500 companies granting performance-based equity climbed from 69.7% in 2012 to 82.1% in 2016