ESOP Repurchase Obligation and ESOP Stock Valuation Interrelationship
Last week we defined the ESOP Repurchase Liability and how the ESOP Repurchase Obligation is Reported on the Company's Financial Statements. In order to accurately forecast the company’s ESOP future repuchase obligation, it is essential to understand and properly account for the interrelationship between the ESOP stock valuation and the ESOP repurchase obligation.
As we have been exploring in our ESOP Repurchase Obligation series, the ESOP stock valuation (and other Forecast Assumptions), employee demographics, and ESOP distribution timing will be factors in the determination of the ESOP repurchase obligation. The ESOP repurchase obligation will then be reflected in and may even have a direct impact on the ESOP stock valuation. This interrelationship creates an iterative process that may require the involvement of your ESOP appraiser to properly quantify the ESOP repurchase liability.
This is especially important when comparing different scenarios, such as comparing a distribution policy that employs the ESOP Loan Exception to an ESOP cash conversion strategy (aka ESOP Reshuffling) for terminated participants.
You can get started by understanding how the ESOP repurchase obligation is reflected in your ESOP stock valuation, which is an ESOP Repurchase Obligation (RO) best practice:
Understand how the long-term ESOP repurchase obligation is reflected in your valuation.