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AC IMMUNE SA filed this Form 20-F on 03/21/2019
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Historically, for all periods prior to the IPO, the fair value of the common shares underlying our share-based awards was estimated on each grant date by our management and approved by our board of directors. In order to determine the fair value of our common shares underlying option grants, our board of directors considered, among other things, the breadth of our product candidate portfolio, the stages of development of our various product candidates and major changes to stage of development, the progress and additions to our collaboration agreements, risks inherent in our activities, the lack of liquidity of our Company’s securities and the valuations and sentiment toward biotech companies. Given the absence of a public trading market for our common shares, our board of directors exercised reasonable judgment and considered a number of objective and subjective factors to determine the best estimate of the fair value of our common shares, including our stage of development, progress of our research and development efforts, the strength of our balance sheets and capital base, equity market conditions affecting comparable public companies and the lack of liquidity of our common shares.


Amendment of Plan A Stock Option Plan


In 2015 and 2017, we amended the Plan A stock option plan that we established in 2004. Two key amendments were made to the program: (i) the duration of the stock option plan was increased from 10.5 to 15.5 years and (ii) the split adjusted strike price of the option was reduced from CHF 0.93 to a split adjusted strike price of CHF 0.15. The lengthening of the plan’s term and lowering of the strike price was effected to bring the plan in line with our other plans, and resulted in a material increase in the value of the options to the option holders and required us to recognize the increase of the transfer in value on our accounts in the first half of 2015 and first half of 2017. The impact of the amendment of the Plan A stock option plan totaled CHF 0.4 million in 2015 and an immaterial amount in 2017. As these expenses were incremental charges from the date of the amendment, there was no incremental expense in 2016. There are no further expenses that we need to recognize in the future associated with this plan.


Acceleration of Options


The original terms of our Stock Option Plan of 2005 (Plan C) contained a provision that would result in the automatic acceleration of all unvested options upon the consummation of an initial public offering. Pursuant to a board resolution on October 13, 2015 the Stock Option Plan of 2005 was amended and the automatic acceleration feature was removed. Instead, employees had the right, but not the obligation, to have their unvested options accelerated such that they vest immediately. Accordingly, a total of 1,250 options were accelerated as a result of AC Immune’s IPO in September 2016.


Our board of directors had the authority to accelerate the vesting of all outstanding unvested options granted to employees prior to July 2014, in the event of an initial public offering. Pursuant to a board decision on September 18, 2015, 76,000 options previously granted to directors and executive officers were accelerated upon consummation of AC Immune’s IPO in September 2016.


Restricted Shares and Restricted Share Units


We estimate the fair value of non-vested stock awards (restricted shares and restricted share units) using a reasonable estimate of market value of the common stock on the date of the award. We classify our share-based payments as equity-classified awards as they are settled in shares of our common stock. We measure equity-classified awards at their grant date fair value and do not subsequently remeasure them. Compensation costs related to equity-classified awards are equal to the fair value of the award at grant-date amortized over the vesting period of the award using the graded method. We reclassify that portion of vested awards to share premium as the awards vest.


Financial Operations Overview




Given our stage of development, we have not generated any revenue from product sales. Our revenue to date has been derived primarily from six separate collaboration agreements on some of our product candidates in various stages of pre-clinical and clinical developments and a number of research grants we have secured.


Effective January 1, 2018, the Company adopted IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers and deemed that no adjustments were necessary in the transition to the new standard. This standard applies to all contracts with customers, except for contracts that are within the scope of other standards, such as leases, insurance, collaboration arrangements and financial instruments. Under IFRS 15, an entity recognizes revenue when its customer obtains control of promised goods or services, in an amount that reflects the consideration which the entity expects to receive in exchange for those goods or services. To determine revenue recognition



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