CLIENT STORY

Exercising Stock Options

Wealth Strategy

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The Situation:

Joanne is a senior vice president with a global telecommunications company where she has accumulated stock options of 100,000 shares and 50,000 shares of restricted stock.

Joanne and her husband want to buy a second home, and are thinking about exercising a significant portion of her options to finance the down payment. However, they are concerned about squandering the opportunity that those options represent, and about the tax liability that they will incur. They decided it was wise to talk with a Wealth Strategist at PNC Wealth Management.

The Solution:

The Wealth Strategist thoroughly reviewed Joanne’s financial goals with her attorney and tax advisor to determine how the options fit into her family’s overall plan. Next, PNC investigated the option grants themselves, including the strike price, the maturity, and whether or not the shares underlying the option grants would be restricted.

Finally, PNC assessed the financial impact of exercising her options. After conducting a cash flow analysis, PNC recommended that they borrow the money to pay for the cost of the exercise, strike price, and related tax liability, thereby converting 100% of the options into shares.

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