|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2019
|Share-based Payment Arrangement [Abstract]|
Share Incentive Plans. In 2013, the Company adopted the Era Group Inc. 2012 Incentive Plan (“2012 Plan”) under which a maximum of 4,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, par value of $0.01 per share (“Common Stock”), are reserved for issuance. Awards granted under the 2012 Plan may be in the form of stock options, stock appreciation rights, shares of restricted stock, other share-based awards (payable in cash or common stock) or performance awards, or any combination thereof, and may be made to outside directors, employees or consultants. The Board of Directors determines, for each award, whether to issue new shares or shares from the Company’s treasury account. As of December 31, 2019 and 2018, 1,839,835 and 2,235,379 shares, respectively, remained available for grant under the 2012 Plan.
In 2013, the Company adopted the Era Group Inc. 2013 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (“ESPP”) under which the Company may offer up to a maximum of 300,000 shares of Common Stock for purchase by eligible employees at a price per share equal to 85% of the lesser of (i) the fair market value per share of Common Stock on the first day of the offering period or (ii) the fair market value per share of Common Stock on the last day of the offering period. Common Stock is made available for purchase under the ESPP for six-month offering periods. The ESPP is intended to comply with Section 423 of the Code but is not intended to be subject to Section 401(a) of the Code or the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. The Board of Directors may amend or terminate the ESPP at any time; however, no increase in the number of shares of Common Stock reserved for issuance under the ESPP may be made without stockholder approval. In 2016, the Board of Directors authorized an additional 400,000 to be reserved for issuance under the ESPP, which was approved by the stockholders of the Company at the Company’s annual meeting in 2017. The ESPP has a term of ten years. During the year ended December 31, 2019, the Company issued 120,754 shares under the ESPP. As of December 31, 2019 and 2018, 101,624 and 222,378 shares, respectively, remained available for issuance under the ESPP. In the first quarter of 2020, the Company, in connection with its entry into a definitive agreement to merge with Bristow, suspending the ESPP.
Total share-based compensation expense, which includes stock options, restricted stock and ESPP purchases, was $3.6 million, $2.9 million and $4.6 million for the years ended December 31, 2019, 2018 and 2017, respectively. As of December 31, 2019, the Company had approximately $4.2 million in total unrecognized compensation costs, and the weighted average period over which it is expected to be recognized is 1.8 years.
Restricted Stock Awards. During the year ended December 31, 2019, the number of shares and the weighted average grant price of restricted stock award transactions were as follows:
During the years ended December 31, 2019, 2018 and 2017, the Company awarded 395,544, 331,869 and 297,256 shares, respectively, of restricted stock at a weighted average grant date fair value of $10.35, $9.80 and $11.44, respectively. The total fair value of shares vested during the years ended December 31, 2019, 2018 and 2017, determined using the closing price on the grant date, was $2.9 million, $2.8 million and $5.5 million, respectively.
Stock Option Grants. As of December 31, 2019, the Company had 203,612 stock options outstanding, that were fully vested and exercisable at a weighted average exercise price of $19.62. The Company did not grant any options during the years ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018.
The entire disclosure for share-based payment arrangement.
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