In a business combination, share-based payment awards held by grantees of the acquiree are often exchanged for share-based payment awards of the acquirer. ASC 805 refers to the new awards as “replacement awards.” The acquirer must analyze the terms of both the preexisting and the replacement awards to determine what portion of the replacement awards is related to precombination vesting (i.e., past goods or services) and therefore part of the consideration transferred in the business combination. The portion of replacement awards that is related to postcombination vesting (i.e., future goods or services) should be recognized as compensation cost in the postcombination period.
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