Employee Benefit Plans
|12 Months Ended|
Sep. 25, 2011
|Notes to Financial Statements [Abstract]|
|Note 8 - Employee Benefit Plans||
Note 8. Employee Benefit Plans
Employee Savings and Retirement Plan. The Company has a 401(k) plan that allows eligible employees to contribute up to 100% 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 $52 million in fiscal 2011 and $46 million in both fiscal 2010 and 2009.
Equity Compensation Plans. The 2006 Long-Term Incentive Plan (the 2006 Plan) was adopted during the second quarter of fiscal 2006 and replaced the 2001 Stock Option Plan and the 2001 Non-Employee Directors’ Stock Option Plan and their predecessor plans (the Prior Plans). The 2006 Plan provides for the grant of incentive and non-qualified stock options, restricted stock units, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, performance units and shares and other share-based awards and is the source of shares issued under the Executive Retirement Matching Contribution Plan (ERMCP). The shares authorized under the 2006 Plan were approximately 483,284,000 at September 25, 2011, including 65,000,000 shares that were approved by the Company’s stockholders in March 2011. The share reserve remaining under the 2006 Plan was approximately 276,131,000 at September 25, 2011. Shares subject to any outstanding option under a Prior Plan that is terminated or cancelled (but not an option under a Prior Plan that expires) following the date that the 2006 Plan was approved by stockholders, and shares that are subject to an award under the ERMCP and are returned to the Company because they fail to vest, will again become available for grant under the 2006 Plan. The Board of Directors of the Company may amend or terminate the 2006 Plan at any time. Certain amendments, including an increase in the share reserve, require stockholder approval.
During fiscal 2011, the Company assumed a total of 9,564,000 outstanding stock awards under various stock-based incentive plans (the Assumed Plans) as a result of the acquisition of Atheros (Note 12). The Assumed Plans provided for the grant of incentive stock options, non-qualified stock options, restricted stock units and other stock-based awards. The Company can continue to grant stock awards under one of the Assumed Plans, the Atheros Communications, Inc. 2004 Stock Incentive Plan, as amended, (the Atheros Plan) to certain employees. The share reserve under the Atheros Plan was 9,733,000 at September 25, 2011. All other remaining shares available under Assumed Plans were terminated on the date of the acquisition, and no additional shares may be granted under those plans.
Net share-based awards, after forfeitures and cancellations, granted during fiscal 2011, 2010 and 2009 represented 0.7%, 1.2% and 2.2% of outstanding shares as of the beginning of each fiscal year, respectively. Total share-based awards granted during fiscal 2011, 2010 and 2009 represented 0.9%, 1.9% and 2.5%, respectively, of outstanding shares as of the end of each fiscal year.
Stock Options: The Board of Directors may grant options to selected employees, directors and consultants to the Company to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock at a price not less than the fair market value of the stock at the date of grant. Generally, 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:
(1) Represents activity related to options that were assumed as a result of an acquisition (Note 12).
At September 25, 2011, total unrecognized estimated compensation expense related to non-vested stock options granted prior to that date was $636 million, which is expected to be recognized over a weighted-average period of 2.0 years. The total intrinsic value of stock options exercised during fiscal 2011, 2010 and 2009 was $1.1 billion, $208 million and $272 million, respectively. The Company recorded cash received from the exercise of stock options of $2.5 billion, $565 million and $534 million and related tax benefits of $421 million, $80 million and $106 million during fiscal 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively. Upon option exercise, the Company issues new shares of stock.
Restricted Stock Units: 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 generally vest three years from the date of grant. A summary of RSU transactions for all equity compensation plans follows:
(1) Represents activity related to RSUs that were assumed as a result of an acquisition (Note 12).
At September 25, 2011, total unrecognized estimated compensation cost related to non-vested RSUs granted prior to that date was $803 million, which is expected to be recognized over a weighted-average period of 2.3 years. The total vest-date fair value of RSUs that vested during fiscal 2011 and 2010 was $43 million and $1 million, respectively. No RSUs vested in fiscal 2009. For the majority of RSUs, shares are issued on the vesting dates net of the amount of shares needed to satisfy statutory tax withholding requirements to be paid by the Company on behalf of the employees. The total shares withheld were approximately 243,000 in fiscal 2011 and were based on the value of the RSUs 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 $14 million in fiscal 2011.
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 46,709,000 at September 25, 2011. The shares reserved for future issuance were approximately 18,411,000 at September 25, 2011. During fiscal 2011, 2010 and 2009, approximately 3,778,000, 3,782,000 and 3,654,000 shares, respectively, were issued under the plan at an average price of $36.82, $32.81 and $29.72 per share, respectively.
At September 25, 2011, total unrecognized estimated compensation cost related to non-vested purchase rights granted prior to that date was $17 million. The Company recorded cash received from the exercise of purchase rights of $139 million, $124 million and $109 million during fiscal 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively.
The entire disclosure for compensation costs, including compensated absences accruals, compensated absences liability, deferred compensation arrangements and income statement compensation items. Deferred compensation arrangements may include a description of an arrangement with an individual employee, which is generally an employment contract between the entity and a selected officer or key employee containing a promise by the employer to pay certain amounts at designated future dates, usually including a period after retirement, upon compliance with stipulated requirements. This type of arrangement is distinguished from broader based employee benefit plans as it is usually tailored to the employee. Disclosure also typically includes the amount of related compensation expense recognized during the reporting period, the number of shares (units) issued during the period under such arrangements, and the carrying amount as of the balance sheet date of the related liability.
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