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ESOP benefits distribution outlines how the benefits of an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) are distributed. ESOP benefits distribution may be made in cash or in company stock, subject to the put option.

ESOP benefits distribution rules state that ESOP participants must be given the right to require a distribution of their ESOP account balances in the form of company stock, unless the company’s organizational documents restrict ownership of company stock to active employees, or the company is an S corporation. In these cases, ESOP benefits distribution comes in the form of cash or company stock which must be immediately resold to the company.

ESOP benefits distribution can appear in a lump sum or in installments. If installment ESOP benefits distribution is available, the minimum distribution period may not exceed five years. ESOPs are one form of employee participation in corporate ownership, offering compelling benefits to selling owners, companies and employees.

ESOP Benefits Distribution Options
ESOP benefits distribution outlines how the benefits of an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) are distributed. ESOP benefits distribution may be made in cash or in company stock, subject to the put option. ESOP distribution rules state that ESOP participants must be given the right to require a distribution of their ESOP account balances in... Read More


How does the ESOP benefit employees?
The ESOP benefits employees as company contributions are made annually to the ESOP, as both cash and stock. ESOP benefits are allocated to the accounts of participating employees in the trust established as part of the ESOP. The accumulated balance in a participant’s account is distributed to the participants after his or her retirement or... Read More


How does the ESOP benefit the company?
An ESOP benefits the company when it is used as a technique of corporate finance as well as an employee benefit plan. Corporate ESOP benefits include raising new equity capital, refinancing outstanding debt, or acquiring productive assets using cash borrowed from third-party lenders. ESOPs can also be used to increase cash flow by making plan... Read More


How does the ESOP benefit stockholders?
ESOP benefits to stockholders include providing a ready market for some or all of the shares owned by shareholders in a closely held company. With an ESOP in place, a majority or controlling shareholder has an exit strategy when he or she is ready to retire. Likewise an ESOP is often the only market for... Read More


ESOP Benefits in a Tough Economy
The benefits of using ESOPs in a tough economy are becoming more and more evident. The use of ESOP benefits for liquidity and succession transactions is rising dramatically in today’s economy. ESOP benefits for liquidity transactions include the use of pre-tax dollars and a shareholder directed process. Further ESOP benefits include the ability to be... Read More


How an ESOP Can Help You Achieve Your Succession Goals
This ESOP benefits article provides an overview of ESOPs and their potential succession planning, liquidity, tax and estate planning ESOP benefits. Published Autumn 2005 in Family Business Magazine Is an ESOP right for your company? Use our ESOP self-assessment tool to find out. Explore various Ownership Transition Options or replay our Introduction to ESOPs webinar. If you... Read More


Mutual ESOP Benefits
Mutual Benefits This article highlights SES Advisors ESOP consulting services. Published in the July 2006 issue of Entrepreneur Magazine Is an ESOP right for your company? Use our ESOP self-assessment tool to find out. Explore various Ownership Transition Options or replay our Introduction to ESOPs webinar. If you would like further information about ownership transition options, please contact... Read More


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