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AVEXIS, INC. filed this Form S-1/A on 02/01/2016
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AveXis, Inc.

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (Continued)

          The Company estimates the fair value of its option awards to employees and directors using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model, which requires the input of and use of subjective assumptions, including (i) the fair value of the underlying common stock, (ii) the expected stock price volatility, (iii) the calculation of expected term of the award, (iv) the risk-free interest rate, and (v) expected dividends. Due to the lack of company-specific historical and implied volatility data of its common stock, the Company has based its estimate of expected volatility on the historical volatility of a group of similar companies that are publicly traded. When selecting these public companies on which it has based its expected stock price volatility, the Company selected companies with comparable characteristics to it, including enterprise value, risk profiles, position within the industry, and with historical share price information sufficient to meet the expected term of the stock-based awards. The Company computes historical volatility data using the daily closing prices for the selected companies' shares during the equivalent period of the calculated expected term of the stock-based awards. The Company's estimates of expected term used in the Black-Scholes option pricing model were based on the estimated time from the grant date to the date of exercise. The risk-free interest rates for periods within the expected term of the option are based on the U.S. Treasury securities with a maturity date commensurate with the expected term of the associated award. The Company has never paid dividends, and does not expect to pay dividends in the foreseeable future.

          The Company is also required to estimate forfeitures at the time of grant and revise those estimates in subsequent periods if actual forfeitures differ from its estimates. To date, a forfeiture rate of zero has been used to calculate stock-based compensation expense due to the Company's lack of historical experience. To the extent that actual forfeitures differ from the Company's estimates, the differences are recorded as a cumulative adjustment in the period the estimates were revised. Stock-based compensation expense recognized in the consolidated financial statements is based on awards that are ultimately expected to vest.

          Stock-based awards issued to non-employees, consisting of stock warrants and restricted common shares, are accounted for using the fair value method in accordance with ASC 505-50, Equity-Based Payments to Non-Employees. These stock warrants and restricted common shares have been granted in exchange for consulting services to be rendered, and vest according to certain service or performance conditions. In accordance with authoritative guidance, the fair value of non-employee stock-based awards is estimated on the date of grant, and subsequently revalued at each reporting period until the award vests or a measurement date has occurred using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model.

Comprehensive Loss

          Comprehensive loss includes net loss as well as other changes in stockholders' equity (deficit) that result from transactions and economic events other than those with stockholders. There was no difference between net loss and comprehensive loss for each of the periods presented in the accompanying consolidated financial statements.


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