This excerpt taken from the ATVI DEF 14A filed Jul 30, 2007.
Aggressive Management of Dilutive Impact
As the Company has grown, it has become more focused with respect to the impact of its equity grants on Stockholders. The Board recognizes the importance of keeping the dilutive impact of equity-based compensation on Stockholders within a range of reasonableness. The Company is striving for a low rate of dilution as compared to the companies with which it competes. For the last few fiscal years, the Company has generally been limiting the size and frequency of equity grants made to its executive officers. In addition, the Company has established and closely adhered to guidelines for awards to other employees. Most recently, the Company has begun utilizing restricted shares, and intends to use restricted share units, as part of its equity-based compensation program for a portion of its employees. The use of restricted shares and restricted share units, which are more valuable than options exercisable for the same number of shares, as part of the equity-based compensation program helps lower potential dilution because it results in the use of fewer shares in individual grants. During the three-year period including fiscal 2005, fiscal 2006 and fiscal 2007, the Company maintained annual net dilution from equity-based compensation awards (as measured for any particular year by the number of shares of Common Stock issued as or issuable in respect of grants made in such fiscal year, less the number of shares forfeited or that were issuable in respect of awards cancelled in such fiscal year, as a percentage of the total number of shares of Common Stock outstanding at the end of such fiscal year) at an average of 2.05%. The Company's goal is to maintain annual net dilution from equity-based compensation awards at an average of less than 2.0% during the three-year period including fiscal 2008, fiscal 2009 and fiscal 2010. However, circumstances, such as extraordinary recruiting and retention efforts and acquisitions, may result in annual net dilution from equity-based compensation awards exceeding 2.0% for a particular year during such three-year period.
The Board believes that the following chart demonstrates statistically the Company's aggressive management of the dilutive impact of its equity-based compensation programs in recent years.