|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2021
|Stockholder's Equity||Stockholder’s Equity
Equity Based Awards
The 2018 Incentive Plan is administered by the Compensation Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors. The total number of shares of the Company's common stock originally reserved were 2,210,544 shares and a total of 1,747,099 shares are currently available for issuance. A variety of discretionary awards for employees, officers, directors, and consultants are authorized under the 2018 Incentive Plan, including incentive or non-qualified stock options and restricted stock, restricted stock units and performance-based awards. All awards must be evidenced by a written award certificate which will include the provisions specified by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. The Compensation Committee determines the exercise price for stock options, which cannot be less than the fair market value of the Company’s common stock as of the date of grant.
Share Based Compensation
Independent directors are granted shares of common stock under the Second Amended and Restated 2005 Non-Employee Directors Compensation Plan. During the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Company granted 7,200 nonvested shares of common stock to independent directors, which shares will vest 100% on the one year anniversary date. In addition, the Company granted 3,500 nonvested shares of common stock to the Company's Lead Director, which shares will vest one-third on the date of grant and one-third on each of the first two anniversaries of the grant date.
During the nine months ended September 30, 2021, employees and a consultant were granted 109,665 and 5,735 shares, respectively, of nonvested shares of common stock pursuant to the 2018 Incentive Plan. The shares vest over a period of five years, conditioned on continued employment and in accordance with the consulting agreement. The fair value of nonvested shares of common stock is determined based on the closing trading price of the Company’s common stock on the grant date.
The following table represents the share grants activity for the nine months ended September 30, 2021:
As of September 30, 2021, there was $41.4 million of total unrecognized compensation cost related to nonvested shares of common stock granted. That cost is expected to be recognized over the weighted average period of 3.03 years. The Company records compensation expense related to nonvested stock awards at the grant date for shares of common stock that are awarded fully vested, and over the vesting term on a straight-line basis for shares of common stock that vest over time. The Company estimates forfeitures at the time of grant and revises the estimate in subsequent periods if actual forfeitures differ to ensure that total compensation expense recognized is at least equal to the value of vested awards. The Company recorded $11.7 million and $11.1 million of compensation expense related to nonvested stock grants for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
In 2006, the Company adopted the Employee Stock Purchase Plan whereby eligible employees may purchase the Company’s common stock at 95% of the market price on the last day of the calendar quarter. There were 250,000 shares of common stock initially reserved for the plan. In 2013, the Company adopted the Amended and Restated Employee Stock Purchase Plan, which reserved an additional 250,000 shares of common stock to the plan.
The table below details the shares of common stock issued during 2021:
Treasury StockIn conjunction with the vesting of the nonvested shares of common stock or the exercise of stock options, recipients incur personal income tax obligations. The Company allows the recipients to turn in shares of common stock to satisfy minimum tax obligations. During the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Company redeemed 61,177 shares of common stock valued at $11.6 million, related to share vesting tax obligations. Such shares are held as treasury stock and are available for reissuance by the Company.
The entire disclosure for shareholders' equity comprised of portions attributable to the parent entity and noncontrolling interest, including other comprehensive income. Includes, but is not limited to, balances of common stock, preferred stock, additional paid-in capital, other capital and retained earnings, accumulated balance for each classification of other comprehensive income and amount of comprehensive income.
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