Several companies have programs which give shares of stock to employees in addition to a normal salary, and in some less common circumstances, instead of a salary.
Because this compensation can include stock options which are difficult to value, it was important for this to be addressed specifically. Also, as key members of management may have an interest in baking the numbers to increase the value of the shares, it is important to make sure the compensation is taken into account on the financial statements as to not under report liabilities and expenses.
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