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ASTERIAS BIOTHERAPEUTICS, INC. filed this Form DEFM14A on 02/04/2019
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The computations of basic and diluted net loss per share are as follows (in thousands, except per share data):


   Year Ended December 31, 
   2017   2016   2015 
Net loss  $(28,372)  $(35,489)  $(15,003)
Weighted average common shares outstanding – basic and diluted   50,271    42,934    35,443 
Net loss per share – basic and diluted  $(0.56)  $(0.83)  $(0.42)


The following common stock equivalents were excluded from the computation of diluted net loss per share of common stock for the periods presented because including them would have been antidilutive (in thousands):


   Year Ended December 31, 
   2017   2016   2015 
Stock options and restricted stock units   7,066    6,432    5,123 
Warrants   2,813    6,552    3,500 


Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements – The following Accounting Standard(s) were effective during 2017:


In March 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-09, Compensation - Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting (“ASU 2016-09”), which simplifies several aspects of the accounting for share-based payment transactions, including the income tax consequences, forfeitures, classification of awards as either equity or liabilities, and classification on the statement of cash flows. Forfeitures are now accounted for as they occur instead of based on the number of awards that were expected to vest. Based on the nature and timing of Asterias equity grants, straight-line expense attribution of stock-based compensation for the entire award and the relatively low forfeiture rate on Asterias experience, the impact of adoption of ASU 2016-09 pertaining to forfeitures was not significant to Asterias’ financial statements (see Note 7).


In connection with the adoption of ASU 2016-09, Asterias changed how it accounts for excess tax benefits and deficiencies, if any, and forfeitures, as applicable. All excess tax benefits and tax deficiencies from stock-based compensation awards accounted for under ASC 718 are recognized as an income tax benefit or expense, respectively, in the statements of operations. Prior to the adoption of ASU 2016-09, Asterias recognized excess tax benefits, if any, in additional paid-in capital only if the tax deduction reduced cash income taxes payable and excess tax deficiencies were recognized either as an offset to accumulated excess tax benefits, if any, on Asterias’ statements of operations. An excess income tax benefit arises when the tax deduction of a share-based award for income tax purposes exceeds the compensation cost recognized for financial reporting purposes and, a tax deficiency arises when the compensation cost exceeds the tax deduction. Because Asterias has a full valuation allowance, there was no impact to Asterias’ statements of operations for any excess tax benefits or deficiencies, as any excess benefit or deficiency would be offset by the change in the valuation allowance (see Note 10). Asterias adopted ASU 2016-09 beginning on January 1, 2017.


Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements – The following accounting standards, which are not yet effective, are presently being evaluated by Asterias to determine the impact that they might have on its financial statements.


On January 5, 2016, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update 2016-01, Financial Instruments–Overall: Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities (ASU No. 2016-01). Changes to the current U.S. GAAP model primarily affect the accounting for equity investments, financial liabilities under the fair value option, and the presentation and disclosure requirements for financial instruments. In addition, ASU No. 2016-01 clarified guidance related to the valuation allowance assessment when recognizing deferred tax assets resulting from unrealized losses on available-for-sale debt securities. The accounting for other financial instruments, such as loans, investments in debt securities, and financial liabilities is largely unchanged. The more significant amendments are to equity investments in unconsolidated entities.


In accordance with ASU No. 2016-01, all equity investments in unconsolidated entities (other than those accounted for using the equity method of accounting) will generally be measured at fair value through earnings. There will no longer be an available-for-sale classification (changes in fair value reported in other comprehensive income) for equity securities with readily determinable fair values. The classification and measurement guidance will be effective for public business entities in fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017, including interim periods within those fiscal years. Upon the adoption of ASU No. 2016-01, Asterias will record a cumulative-effect adjustment to the balance sheet as of January 1, 2018, the date of adoption. Asterias has completed its assessment of the impact from adoption and estimates that an adjustment of approximately $6.5 between accumulated other comprehensive income and accumulated deficit will be recorded. The adjustment represents the cumulative unrealized holding loss from the date that the securities were acquired through the date of adoption. Refer to Note 4 for discussion regarding Asterias’ available-for-sale securities.



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