Fish, I have not read the 2005 Long Tem Incentive Plan, so I can't comment on the timing of the most recent option grants for 2015, nor do I understand why options were not granted in 2014. According to the SEC Filings by WebMD, the last options were issued in December 2013. Having said that, I'm glad the grants were finally issued and look forward to the stock advancing this spring and into the 2nd half of 2015.
that can only mean one thing ,steve : they expect it to go higher than that by the time those shares are a long term gain....
The top WebMD executives were granted stock options today, as well as restricted stock, in accordance with the 2005 Long Term Incentive Plan. The options were granted at yesterdays closing price of $42.99.
Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
On March 25, 2015, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of WebMD Health Corp. approved the following grants of shares of restricted WebMD Common Stock and options to purchase WebMD Common Stock to executive officers of WebMD:
Executive Officer Title Number of Shares of
Restricted Stock Number of Shares
David Schlanger Chief Executive Officer 40,000 80,000
Steven Zatz, M.D. President 40,000 80,000
Peter Anevski Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer 40,000 80,000
Michael Glick Executive Vice President and Co-General Counsel 16,000 42,500
Douglas Wamsley Executive Vice President and Co-General Counsel 16,000 42,500
Martin J. Wygod Chairman of the Board 60,000 —
Tracey, yes, I agree with you. The partnership with WBA should be very interesting indeed, and the way the stock behaves in the face of adversity seems to indicate that there is some very cautious vacuum cleaning going on
so how long has it been since i told you to take the offer?? if i still owned this stock i would demand they start paying a dividend and do a share buyback. maybe then you might see 48.50 again
limp,dont know how far this goes but to my eye there appears to be somewhat more positive stuff on wbmd than in the past few years
Going on about the dead past with its shortcomings known to all is tiresome.
Big things are in the making:
Market watch: Lions Health Brings Google, WebMD, Walgreens, Novartis, Weber Shandwick and the CEA to the Stage
During the WebMD session at the Festival, Alex Gourlay, EVP Walgreens Boots Alliance, and president of Walgreens, will join WebMD CEO David Schlanger to examine what it will take for consumers to incorporate the necessary behavior changes they need to make to improve their health, Lion's Health announced.
Lions Health 2015 will be held June 19 and 20, Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France.
Options trade and expire every month!
Stock appreciation is generated by growth in Revenue etc.
6% to 9% 2015 revenue growth is the anchor around WebMD's neck.
Remember WebMD closed at $39.50 on December 31st, 2013.
Options trading/ expiration are not holding WebMD back, they are representative of where the stock is at given what the forecasts are saying !
Lack of incremental revenue from new platforms are not bearing fruit this year based on the conservative revenue forecast
Growth is what pulls this wagon forward or lack thereof that keeps it stuck in the mud.
Sometimes it’s all a bit too much:
People worrying about a rise in interest rates when, in fact, that is a very good sign for an economy picking up…
People going on about a “strong” dollar when, in fact, it is just recovering a bit of the huge losses it had against serious currencies, as, for instance, the Swiss Franc…
People going on about WBMD being quiet - they quite obviously haven’t heard anything about option expiring dates…
Congratulations, you’re living up to your name
The agreement was done with “WebMD Health Services”, the WebMD unit that runs the private portals.
“The new partnership gives Michigan Blues' customers, including employer groups looking to keep costs down, the opportunity to incorporate wellness programs into their benefit structure.”
This says it quite clearly what this is all about!
i just re-read the release and doesn't look like a content licensing deal. looks like a private portals deal to me w/ perhaps some advertising as well.
theres action in the mkt,we are entering a sleightly slow time as we get closer to religious week,wbmd outside of a cpl of days has had slow trading all year,big pharma judging by stock price is doing well enoughto advertise,what changed is that siome of the dollars are now going to tv,particulary for sex rx for both genders,i ve thought that the disinterest has been for a while and if you go back to conf calls there was far more coverage.
Absolute Disinterest! Exactly!
What would cause such disinterest?
Slow growth! No apparent revenue boosters this year!
Still at the mercy of Big Pharma spending!
Why buy now, if WebMD is perceived as dead money until 2016!
Tracey, if no stocks were rising, then it would be market disinterest, however, the overall market participation is light, as witnessed by trading volumes, but money is going to stocks that are growing revenues faster than companies like WebMD. That's my take. Do you agree?