CBST » Topics » Cashless Exercise.

This excerpt taken from the CBST DEF 14A filed Apr 21, 2006.
Cashless Exercise.   In the case of a cashless exercise, the optionee will be treated as if he or she had paid the exercise price in cash, and had sold a portion of the shares received sufficient, after brokerage commissions, to fund the payment of the exercise price (and, if applicable, any withholdings). As in the case of a cash exercise, the optionee will be treated as receiving compensation income in an amount equal to the excess of the value of the shares received, as of the date of exercise of the option, over the exercise price, and the shares received will have an aggregate basis equal to the sum of the exercise price and the amount of such compensation income. The sale of the shares will generate a short-term capital gain or loss equal to the difference between the amount of cash raised in the sale and the adjusted basis of the shares sold (which will generally be equal to the fair market value of the shares on the exercise date).

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