ASC 718-10 — Glossary
A share for which sale is contractually or governmentally prohibited for a specified period of time. Most grants of shares to grantees are better termed nonvested shares because the limitation on sale stems solely from the forfeitability of the shares before grantees have satisfied the service, performance, or other condition(s) necessary to earn the rights to the shares. Restricted shares issued for consideration other than for goods or services, on the other hand, are fully paid for immediately. For those shares, there is no period analogous to an employee’s requisite service period or a nonemployee’s vesting period during which the issuer is unilaterally obligated to issue shares when the purchaser pays for those shares, but the purchaser is not obligated to buy the shares. The term restricted shares refers only to fully vested and outstanding shares whose sale is contractually or governmentally prohibited for a specified period of time. Vested equity instruments that are transferable to a grantee’s immediate family members or to a trust that benefits only those family members are restricted if the transferred instruments retain the same prohibition on sale to third parties. See Nonvested Shares.