Equity Methods, a leading provider of equity compensation design, valuation and financial reporting services, today announced that the Company was rated number one in overall client satisfaction in Group Five’s recently published 2012 Stock Plan Administration Study, receiving a 92 percent favorability rating. 100 percent of respondents indicated they were either completely or mostly satisfied with Equity Methods’ support and expertise.

The annual study, conducted by corporate services research firm Group Five, measured corporate satisfaction with stock plan administrators, administration systems, and financial reporting services. It is the largest ever conducted in the stock plan industry with 822 plan sponsors participating — representing 2,416 stock plans including stock options, restricted stock, stock purchase, performance shares, and stock appreciation rights. In its fourteenth year, the study represents the only independent forum for corporate stock plan sponsors to make their opinions and priorities known to service providers of stock plan administration services, commercial systems, and financial reporting services. This marks the first time the study has quantified satisfaction with individual service providers of financial accounting and reporting services for stock plans. The Stock Plan Administration Study Summary and the Financial Reporting Services for Stock Plans Research Report are available from the Equity Methods’ website at http://equitymethods.com/group-fives-stock-plan-administration-study.

“We pride ourselves on offering clients access to a world-class consulting team and best-in-class technology, which combined are responsible for posting over $25 billion of compensation expense,” said Takis Makridis, President and CEO, Equity Methods. “It is an honor to be recognized by clients for the caliber of our financial reporting solutions, and our continued commitment to excellent service.”

Equity Methods handles financial reporting for many of the world’s largest and most complex equity plans, working with 26 of the Fortune 100 as well as hundreds of companies of all sizes and across all industries. The Company is currently exhibiting at booths #213 and #215 at The National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP) 20th Annual Conference, taking place October 9 – 11th 2012 in New Orleans. For more information about Equity Methods’ services, please visit www.equitymethods.com/services.php.

“Our research has consistently shown that service to the client and strong technology are the key factors to maintaining client satisfaction and loyalty,” said Kathy Huston, managing partner, Group Five. “For financial accounting and reporting, Equity Methods’ client satisfaction ratings indicate they excel at both.”

About GROUP FIVE, Inc.
GROUP FIVE is a corporate services research and consulting firm. The firm is best known for its research expertise in stock plan administration and shareholder services. For more information, please visit http://www.groupfiveinc.com.

About Equity Methods
Equity Methods is the international leader in equity compensation compliance solutions, having supported more than 450 companies throughout all phases of their end-to-end ASC 718 compliance process. From award valuation and tax accounting to customized financial reporting, Equity Methods’ approach to solution delivery is consultative, yet technology-enabled. 26 of the Fortune 100 have trusted Equity Methods to address their most pressing compliance challenges. To learn more about how Equity Methods helps clients better manage risk, plan scale and award complexity, please visit www.equitymethods.com or call 480-428-3344.

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