|3 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2015
(8) Stock-Based Compensation
Liberty Broadband grants, to certain of its directors, employees and employees of its subsidiaries, restricted stock, stock options and stock appreciation rights ("SARs") to purchase shares of its common stock (collectively, "Awards"). The Company measures the cost of employee services received in exchange for an equity classified Award (such as stock options and restricted stock) based on the grant-date fair value of the Award, and recognizes that cost over the period during which the employee is required to provide service (usually the vesting period of the Award). The Company measures the cost of employee services received in exchange for a liability classified Award (such as SARs that will be settled in cash) based on the current fair value of the Award, and remeasures the fair value of the Award at each reporting date.
Included in the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of operations are the following amounts of stock-based compensation for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 (amounts in thousands):
Liberty Broadband – Grants of Stock Options
During the three months ended March 31, 2015, Liberty Broadband granted 3 thousand options to purchase shares of Series C common stock, with a weighted average grant-date fair value of $15.03 per share. These options cliff vest over a 2 year vesting period. There were no options to purchase shares of Series A common stock granted during the period.
The Company calculates the grant-date fair value for all of its equity classified awards and any subsequent remeasurement of its liability classified awards using the Black-Scholes Model. The Company estimates the expected term of the Awards based on historical exercise and forfeiture data. Since Liberty Broadband common stock has not traded on the stock market for a significant length of time, the volatility used in the calculation for Awards is based on the historical volatility of Charter common stock and the implied volatility of publicly traded Charter options; as the most significant asset within Liberty Broadband, the volatility of Charter served as a proxy for the expected volatility of Liberty Broadband. The Company uses a zero dividend rate and the risk-free rate for Treasury Bonds with a term similar to that of the subject option.
Liberty Broadband – Outstanding Awards
The following table presents the number and weighted average exercise price (“WAEP”) of Awards to purchase Liberty Broadband common stock granted to certain officers, employees and directors of the Company, as well as the weighted average remaining life and aggregate intrinsic value of the Awards.
As of March 31, 2015, the total unrecognized compensation cost related to unvested Awards was approximately $24 million. Such amount will be recognized in the Company's consolidated statements of operations over a weighted average period of approximately 3.1 years.
As of March 31, 2015, Liberty reserved 3.9 million shares of Series A and Series C common stock for issuance under exercise privileges of outstanding stock Awards.
TruePosition Equity Incentive Plans
There were no phantom stock appreciation rights or phantom stock units granted during the three months ended March 31, 2015. As of March 31, 2015, the fair value of outstanding PARs and PSUs was approximately $2.6 million. As of March 31, 2015, $1.6 million is included in Other current liabilities in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet for the fair value of TruePosition’s vested long-term incentive plan obligations.
The entire disclosure for compensation-related costs for equity-based compensation, which may include disclosure of policies, compensation plan details, allocation of equity compensation, incentive distributions, equity-based arrangements to obtain goods and services, deferred compensation arrangements, employee stock ownership plan details and employee stock purchase plan details.
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