Employee Benefit Plans
|12 Months Ended|
Sep. 24, 2017
|Employee Benefits and Share-based Compensation, Noncash [Abstract]|
|Employee Benefit Plans||
Employee Benefit Plans
Employee Savings and Retirement Plan. The Company has a 401(k) plan that allows eligible employees to contribute up to 85% of their eligible compensation, subject to annual limits. The Company matches a portion of the employee contributions and may, at its discretion, make additional contributions based upon earnings. The Company’s contribution expense was $76 million, $74 million and $81 million in fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
Equity Compensation Plans. On March 8, 2016, the Company’s stockholders approved the Qualcomm Incorporated 2016 Long-Term Incentive Plan (the 2016 Plan), which replaced the Qualcomm Incorporated 2006 Long-Term Incentive Plan (the Prior Plan). Effective on and after that date, no new awards will be granted under the Prior Plan, although all outstanding awards under the Prior Plan will remain outstanding according to their terms and the terms of the Prior Plan. The 2016 Plan provides for the grant of incentive and nonstatutory stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, unrestricted stock, restricted stock units, performance units, performance shares, deferred compensation awards and other stock-based awards. The share reserve under the 2016 Plan is equal to 90,000,000 shares, plus approximately 20,120,000 shares that were available for future grant under the Prior Plan on March 8, 2016, for a total of approximately 110,120,000 shares available for grant under the 2016 Plan on that date. This share reserve is automatically increased as provided in the 2016 Plan by the number of shares subject to stock options granted under the Prior Plan and outstanding as of March 8, 2016, which after that date expire or for any reason are forfeited, canceled or terminated, and by two times the number of shares subject to any awards other than stock options granted under the Prior Plan and outstanding as of March 8, 2016, which after that date expire, are forfeited, canceled or terminated, fail to vest, are not earned due to any performance goal that is not met, are otherwise reacquired without having become vested, or are paid in cash, exchanged by a participant or withheld by the Company to satisfy any tax withholding or tax payment obligations related to such award. The Board of Directors of the Company may amend or terminate the 2016 Plan at any time. Certain amendments, including an increase in the share reserve, require stockholder approval. As of September 24, 2017, approximately 95,485,000 shares were available for future grant under the 2016 Plan.
RSUs are share awards that entitle the holder to receive shares of the Company’s common stock upon vesting. The RSUs generally include dividend-equivalent rights and vest over periods of three years from the date of grant. A summary of RSU transactions for all equity compensation plans follows:
At September 24, 2017, total unrecognized compensation expense related to non-vested RSUs granted prior to that date was $911 million, which is expected to be recognized over a weighted-average period of 1.6 years. The total vest-date fair value of RSUs that vested during fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015 was $820 million, $685 million and $1.0 billion, respectively. The total shares withheld to satisfy statutory tax withholding requirements related to all share-based awards were approximately 4,247,000, 4,300,000 and 5,043,000 in fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively, and were based on the value of the awards on their vesting dates as determined by the Company’s closing stock price. Total payments for the employees’ tax obligations to the taxing authorities were $268 million, $224 million and $351 million in fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively, and were included as a reduction to net cash provided by operating activities in the consolidated statements of cash flows.
The Board of Directors may grant stock options to employees, directors and consultants to the Company to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price not less than the fair market value of the stock at the date of grant. Stock options vest over periods not exceeding five years and are exercisable for up to ten years from the grant date. A summary of stock option transactions for all equity compensation plans follows:
The total intrinsic value of stock options exercised during fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015 was $118 million, $147 million and $371 million, respectively, and the amount of cash received from the exercise of stock options was $236 million, $436 million and $519 million, respectively. Upon option exercise, the Company issues new shares of stock.
The total tax benefits realized, including the excess tax benefits, related to share-based awards during fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015 was $301 million, $253 million and $437 million, respectively.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan. The Company has an employee stock purchase plan for eligible employees to purchase shares of common stock at 85% of the lower of the fair market value on the first or the last day of each offering period, which is generally six months. Employees may authorize the Company to withhold up to 15% of their compensation during any offering period, subject to certain limitations. The employee stock purchase plan includes a non-423(b) plan. The shares authorized under the employee stock purchase plan were approximately 71,709,000 at September 24, 2017. The shares reserved for future issuance were approximately 14,648,000 at September 24, 2017. During fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015, approximately 5,746,000, 5,966,000 and 4,977,000 shares, respectively, were issued under the plan at an average price of $45.29, $38.89 and $53.92 per share, respectively. At September 24, 2017, total unrecognized compensation expense related to non-vested purchase rights granted prior to that date was $26 million. The Company recorded cash received from the exercise of purchase rights of $260 million, $232 million and $268 million during fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
The entire disclosure for an entity's employee compensation and benefit plans, including, but not limited to, postemployment and postretirement benefit plans, defined benefit pension plans, defined contribution plans, non-qualified and supplemental benefit plans, deferred compensation, share-based compensation, life insurance, severance, health care, unemployment and other benefit plans.
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