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In 2021, Indeed began offering Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) as a way to reward employees who contribute to the long-term success of Indeed.

What is an RSU?

RSUs are equity-based incentives issued by an employer in the form of company stock shares. At Indeed, our RSUs are stock shares in our parent company, Recruit Holdings, which is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Japan (6098.T)

Our RSU long-term incentive program has three goals in mind

  • To encourage employees to think like owners
  • To align incentives with company performance
  • To reward employees for the company’s financial success

Why Recruit stock rather than Indeed stock? 

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Recruit Holdings, Indeed is a key part of Recruit’s HR Technology Strategic Business Unit (SBU). The HR Tech SBU is a significant growth driver for all of Recruit Holdings, and as a result, is a significant contributor to Recruit’s share price performance. 

How do RSU grants work?

RSUs are issued to employees via a grant award agreement.  The agreement identifies the number of units granted to the employee. The initial grant date will always be the first day of the second month of an employee’s first full quarter at Indeed. That also means in the case of a start date changing to a new quarter, the grant date will be modified. 

For example, if someone starts on Feb 10, 2021, their RSU award will be granted May 1, 2021. They then receive the remaining shares incrementally and can sell them at their discretion unless it is during a 6 week restricted trading period before Recruit announces their earnings.

RSU grant schedule

3 steps to calculating RSU value

The number of units someone receive will be based on the closing price of Recruit Stock the day before their grant date. 

  1. A candidate is hired in Q1 of 2021, with an approximate RSU grant value of $4,000 with a grant date of May 1, 2021 (subject to board approval)
  2. On April 30th the closing price is $42.17 (converted from Japanese Yen) 
  3. The RSU grant would be 94 RSUs. This is calculated by simply dividing the amount by converted price, rounded down to the nearest whole number.

Calculating RSU value

When do RSUs vest?

The RSU vesting schedule is the same for all countries Indeed has offices except for Canada. At each vesting date, a portion of the RSUs granted will become shares of Recruit Holdings stock.

Vesting schedule for all countries except Canada

  • Total 4 years vesting
  • 25% will vest on the first anniversary of your grant
  • 6.25% of the award will vest each quarter thereafter over the next three years 

Vesting schedule for Canada

  • Total 3 years vesting
  • 33.3% will vest on the first anniversary of your grant
  • 9.524% of the award will vest each quarter for the next two years 

Vesting Schedule

How long do units last?

The vested shares will remain in an employee’s account until they direct their sale or transfer. There is no obligation to sell, even if they leave Indeed. However, they must be employed on their vesting date to receive shares. If they leave the company prior to their vesting date, they will forfeit any unvested shares.

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