This excerpt taken from the GPS 10-K filed Mar 28, 2008.
Stock Option and Stock Unit Modifications
In February 2007, the Committee approved the modification of certain stock options and other stock awards held by designated employees such that at the time of an involuntary termination without cause, any outstanding, unvested time-based options or other stock awards scheduled to vest within a defined time frame will be accelerated. No material amounts were recognized in fiscal 2007 as a result of the modification. Additional compensation expense may be recognized in future periods if the vesting of options or other stock awards is accelerated pursuant to the modification.
On January 26, 2006, we accelerated the vesting of all stock options with an exercise price equal to or greater than $21 per share except options held by non-employee directors and performance-based options to purchase 1 million shares granted to our former Chief Executive Officer. Options to purchase approximately 15 million shares of common stock that were scheduled to vest from fiscal 2006 to 2009 were impacted by this action. Although these options became immediately exercisable, the exercise price did not change. The primary purpose of the accelerated vesting was to reduce total share-based compensation expense after the adoption of SFAS 123(R). There was no impact to our Consolidated Statement of Earnings in fiscal 2005.
In December 2005, we finalized our Tender Offer (the Offer) to provide eligible employees, including certain executives, a voluntary opportunity to exchange outstanding, eligible options for new options and, if applicable, cash payments. The Offer was instituted to allow employees holding eligible options the opportunity to avoid unfavorable tax consequences. Each eligible option had been granted with a per share exercise price that was below the fair market value on that options original date of grant. Due to Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code and regulations under Section 409A, neither of which were in effect or anticipated at the time these options were granted, these options likely would have resulted in income recognition by the optionee prior to exercise, an additional twenty percent (20%) income tax, and potential interest charges if they had remained outstanding. In total, eligible options to purchase 1,968,525 shares of common stock were exchanged for new options with exercise prices greater than or equal to the original exercise price and with similar vesting periods. Compensation expense of $4 million was recognized in fiscal 2005 representing the incremental intrinsic value of the new awards and, for certain new options, the cash consideration. Total cash paid related to the Offer awards for fiscal 2007, 2006, and 2005 was $0.7 million, $6 million, and $4 million, respectively.