|3 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2016
|Disclosure of Compensation Related Costs, Share-based Payments [Abstract]|
Stock-based compensation expense for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015 was $0.4 million and $0.2 million, respectively.
Total stock-based compensation expense was recorded to operating expenses based upon the functional responsibilities of the individuals holding the respective options as follows:
There were no options exercised during the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
Pieris granted 1,068,881 and 25,000 options to employees, consultants, and directors under the 2014 Employee, Director and Consultant Equity Incentive Plan, (the “Plan”) during the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
The Company uses the Black-Scholes option pricing model to determine the estimated fair value for stock-based awards. Option-pricing models require the input of various subjective assumptions, including the option’s expected life, expected dividend yield, price volatility, risk free interest rate and forfeitures of the underlying stock. Accordingly, the weighted-average fair value of the options granted during the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015 was $1.00 and $1.86, respectively based on the following assumptions:
Option-pricing models require the input of various subjective assumptions, including the option´s expected life and the price volatility of the underlying stock. Pieris’s estimated expected stock price volatility is based on the average volatilities of other guideline companies in the same industry. Pieris’s expected term of options granted during the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively was derived using the SEC’s simplified method. The risk-free rate for the expected term of the option is based on the U.S. Treasury yield curve in effect at the time of grant.
The entire disclosure for compensation-related costs for equity-based compensation, which may include disclosure of policies, compensation plan details, allocation of equity compensation, incentive distributions, equity-based arrangements to obtain goods and services, deferred compensation arrangements, employee stock ownership plan details and employee stock purchase plan details.
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