The Company elected to take the optional exemption from applying related guidance retrospectively for shared-based payment transactions granted and vested before January 1, 2012. The plans are described as follows:
The Company’s Employee Stock Option Plans, consisting of the 2004 Plan, 2003 Plan and 2002 Plan, were approved by the Securities and Futures Bureau (SFB) on January 6, 2005, October 29, 2003 and June 25, 2002, respectively. The maximum number of stock options authorized to be granted under the 2004 Plan, 2003 Plan and 2002 Plan was 11,000 thousand, 120,000 thousand and 100,000 thousand, respectively, with each stock option eligible to subscribe for one common share when exercised. The stock options may be granted to qualified employees of the Company or any of its domestic or foreign subsidiaries, in which the Company’s shareholding with voting rights, directly or indirectly, is more than fifty percent (50%). The stock options of all the plans are valid for ten years and exercisable at certain percentages subsequent to the second anniversary of the grant date. Under the terms of the plans, the stock options are granted at an exercise price equal to the closing price of the Company’s common shares quoted on the TWSE on the grant date.
Stock options of the plans that had never been granted or had been granted but subsequently canceled had expired as of December 31, 2013.
The numbers of outstanding stock options and exercise prices have been adjusted to reflect the distribution of earnings by the Company in accordance with the plans.
As of December 31, 2013, all of the above outstanding stock options were exercisable.