Stock-based Compensation Plans
|12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2020
|Share-based Payment Arrangement [Abstract]
|Stock-based Compensation Plans
|Stock-based Compensation Plans
The Corporation administers a number of equity compensation plans, with awards being granted predominantly from the Bank of America Key Employee Equity Plan (KEEP). Under this plan, 600 million shares of the Corporation’s common stock are authorized to be used for grants of awards.
During 2020 and 2019, the Corporation granted 86 million and 94 million RSU awards to certain employees under the KEEP. These RSUs were authorized to settle predominantly in shares of common stock of the Corporation. Certain RSUs will be settled in cash or contain settlement provisions that subject these awards to variable accounting whereby compensation expense is adjusted to fair value based on changes in the share price of the Corporation’s common stock up to the settlement date. Of the RSUs granted in 2020 and 2019, 61 million and 71 million will vest predominantly over three years with most vesting occurring in one-third increments on each of the first three anniversaries of the grant date provided that the employee remains continuously employed with the Corporation during that time, and will be expensed ratably over the vesting period, net of estimated forfeitures, for non-retirement eligible employees based on the grant-date fair value of the shares. For RSUs granted to employees who are retirement eligible, the awards are deemed authorized as of the beginning of the year preceding the grant date when the incentive award plans are generally approved. As a result, the estimated value is expensed ratably over the year preceding the grant date. Additionally, 25 million and 23 million of the RSUs granted in 2020 and 2019 will vest predominantly over four years with most vesting occurring in one-fourth increments on each of the first four anniversaries of the grant date provided that the employee remains continuously employed with the Corporation during that time, and will be expensed ratably over the vesting period, net of estimated forfeitures, based on the grant-date fair value of the shares.
The compensation cost for the stock-based plans was $2.1 billion, $2.1 billion and $1.8 billion, and the related income tax benefit was $505 million, $511 million and $433 million for
2020, 2019 and 2018, respectively. At December 31, 2020, there was an estimated $2.0 billion of total unrecognized compensation cost related to certain share-based compensation awards that is expected to be recognized over a period of up to four years, with a weighted-average period of 2.2 years.
Restricted Stock and Restricted Stock Units
The total fair value of restricted stock and restricted stock units vested in 2020, 2019 and 2018 was $2.3 billion, $2.6 billion and $2.3 billion, respectively. The table below presents the status at December 31, 2020 of the share-settled restricted stock and restricted stock units and changes during 2020.
Cash-settled Restricted Units
At December 31, 2020, approximately two million cash-settled restricted units remain outstanding. In 2020, 2019 and 2018, the amount of cash paid to settle the RSUs that vested was $81 million, $84 million and $1.3 billion, respectively.
The entire disclosure for share-based payment arrangement.
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