Stock Based Compensation
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2013
|Disclosure of Compensation Related Costs, Share-based Payments [Abstract]|
|STOCK BASED COMPENSATION||
NOTE 8 — STOCK BASED AND DEFERRED COMPENSATION
We have a stock compensation plan, the Meritage Stock Option Plan (the “Plan”), that was adopted in 2006, which superceded a prior stock compensation plan and which has been amended from time to time. The Plan was approved by our stockholders and is administered by our Board of Directors. The provisions of the Plan allow for the grant of stock appreciation rights, restricted stock awards, performance share awards and performance-based awards in addition to non-qualified and incentive stock options. The Plan authorizes awards to officers, key employees, non-employee directors and consultants for up to 8,950,000 shares of common stock, of which 965,404 shares remain available for grant at December 31, 2013. We believe that such awards provide a means of performance-based compensation to attract and retain qualified employees and better align the interests of our employees with those of our stockholders. Non-vested stock awards and stock options are usually granted with either a three-year or five-year ratable vesting period, with a three-year cliff vesting for performance-based awards.
We have not granted any stock options since 2009. A summary of remaining stock option activity from stock options granted prior to 2010 is provided below.
Summary of Stock Option Activity:
Stock options Outstanding at December 31, 2013:
The total intrinsic value of option exercises for the years ended December 31, 2013, 2012 and 2011 was $4.8 million, $5.4 million and $1.4 million, respectively. The intrinsic value of a stock option is the amount by which the market value of the underlying stock exceeds the exercise price of the stock option.
Summary of Nonvested (Restricted) Shares Activity:
In addition to the stock options discussed above, we grant time-based and performance-based restricted shares. Performance-based restricted shares are only granted to our senior executive management group. All performance shares only vest upon the attainment of certain financial and operational criteria as established and approved by our Board of Directors.
Compensation cost related to time-based restricted stock awards is measured as of the closing price on the date
of grant and is expensed on a straight-line basis over the vesting period of the award. Compensation cost related to
performance-based restricted stock awards is also measured as of the closing price on the date of grant but is expensed in
accordance with ASC 718-10-25-20, Compensation – Stock Compensation, which requires an assessment of probability of
attainment of the performance target. As our performance targets are annual in nature, once we determine that the performance
target outcome is probable, the year-to-date expense is recorded and the remaining expense is recorded on a straight-line basis
through the end of the award’s vesting period. Below is a summary of compensation expense and stock award activity (in thousands):
The following table includes additional information regarding our Plan (dollars in thousands):
(1) Includes vested and unvested options outstanding and unvested restricted stock awards.
In 2013, we began to offer a non-qualified deferred compensation plan ("deferred compensation plan") to highly compensated employees in order to allow them additional pre-tax income deferrals above and beyond the limited caps that qualified plans, such as 401k plans, impose on highly compensated employees. We do not currently offer a contribution match on the deferred compensation plan. All contributions to the plan to date have been funded by the employees and, therefore, we have no associated expense related to the deferred compensation plan for the years ended December 31, 2013, 2012 and 2011.
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.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef