Charles & Colvard declares outstanding stock acceleration
23 Dec '05
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Charles & Colvard Ltd announced that its Board of Directors (BOD) has accelerated the vesting of certain outstanding stock options held by current employees and non-employee directors in order to reduce the impact of new accounting regulations that will take effect in 2006.
As a result of this vesting acceleration, which became effective December 21, 2005, options to purchase approximately 107,000 shares of CTHR common stock that would otherwise have vested at various times within the next three years became fully vested.
The decision to accelerate these unvested options, which the Company believes is in the best interest of the Company and its shareholders, was made primarily to reduce compensation expense that would be recorded in future periods subsequent to December 31, 2005.
The Company will record approximately $54,000 of expense in the fourth quarter of 2005 as the result of the accelerated vesting. The acceleration of the vesting of these stock options will reduce future compensation expense by approximately $522,000, of which $369,000 would have occurred in 2006.
North Carolina based Charles & Colvard is the sole source of moissanite, a created jewel used in fine jewelry. Moissanite is near colorless, with more fire, brilliance and luster than a fine diamond, but retails for only a fraction of the cost.