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Q1. Abdelaziz Co. produces 3 types of products.
During the year the joint costs of processing the 3 products were \$350,000.
Production and sales value information were as follows:
Sales Value
Product
Units produced
at Split-Off
Separable Costs
Selling Price
Product A
400,000
\$10 per unit
\$6.00 per unit
\$40 per unit
Product B
300,000
\$9 per unit
\$4.00 per unit
\$28per unit
Product C
500,000
\$6 per unit
\$3.00 per unit
\$18 per unit
a.
Allocate the joint costs using the physical output method.
b.
Allocate the joint costs using the net realizable value method.
c.
Allocate the joint costs using sales value at split-off point method.
Q2. Fadel, Inc. allocates engineering costs on the basis of the supervisorâ€™s time and
administration costs on the basis of the number of employees.
The following data have been collected:
Support Departments Operating Departments
Engineering
Operating 1
Operating
Department costs
\$25,000
\$15,000
\$200,000
\$350,000
Number of employees
15
10
300
450
15 hours
35 hours
20 hours
2
Engineering supervisorâ€™s time 30 hours
Use the direct method to allocate support department costs to the different departments.
Q3. Rafique Inc. makes product A and sells at selling price of SAR 45 per unit. Badr Inc.
wants to buy 5,000 units at SAR 27 per unit. Rafique Inc. has a normal capacity of 101,000
units and projected sales to regular customers this year is 92,000 units. Per unit costs
traceable to the product (based on normal capacity of 92,000 units) are listed below?
Direct Materials
8.1
Direct Labor `
6.0
6.2
4.8
0.8
Fixed Selling Costs
0.4
Does the quantitative analysis suggest that the company should accept the special order?
Q4. XYZ Co. is preparing a budget for 2018. The budgeted selling price per unit is 60 SR,
and total fixed costs for 2018 are estimated to be 1,500,000 SR. Variable costs are budgeted
at 20 SR/unit.
You are working in accounting department of XYZ, prepare a flexible budget for the volume
levels 120,000, 130,000, and 140,000 units.
One internship student having his training in XYZ Co requested you to explain to him the
difference between static and flexible budgets and arguments of using each one of them?
Cost Management
Measuring, Monitoring, and Motivating Performance
Chapter 1
The Role of Accounting Information in
Management Decision Making
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Chapter 1: The Role of Accounting Information in Management Decision Making
Eldenburg & Wolcottâ€™s Cost Management, 2e
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Chapter 1: The Role of Accounting Information in
Management Decision Making
Learning objectives
ïƒ˜Q1 – What is the process of strategic management and
decision making?
ïƒ˜Q2 – What types of control systems do managers use?
ïƒ˜Q3 – What is the role of accounting information in strategic
management?
ïƒ˜Q4 – What information is relevant for decision making?
ïƒ˜Q5 – How does business risk affect management decision
making?
ïƒ˜Q6 – How do biases affect management decision making?
ïƒ˜Q7 – How can managers make higher-quality decisions?
ïƒ˜Q8 – What is ethical decision making, and why is it
important?
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Q1: Organizational Vision and Core Competencies
â€¢ The organizational vision is the core purpose and
ideology of the organization.
â€¢ Determining the organizational vision precedes all
other management decision making.
â€¢ Management must also isolate the organizationâ€™s
core competencies â€“ its strengths relative to
competitors.
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Q1: Organizational Vision and Core Competencies
Organizational
Vision
The organizational vision and the
core competencies are closely
related.
The organizationâ€™s strengths
should help shape the vision.
Core
Competencies
The vision should help locate the
organizationâ€™s strengths.
If you were starting an accounting practice, what would be your
organizational vision?
What do you think would be your core competencies?
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Q1: Organizational Strategies
Organizational
Vision & Core
Competencies
Organizational strategies are the tactics
that managers use to work toward the
organizational vision while taking
These strategies are long-term in nature.
Organizational
Strategies
Examples include organization structure,
financial structure, and long-term
resource allocation strategies.
If you were starting an accounting practice, what would be some of your
organizational strategies?
How do these work toward your organizational vision?
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Q1: Operating Plans
Organizational
Strategies
Operating
Plans
Operating plans are the short-term
implementations of the organizational
strategies.
Operating plans usually include
budgeted goals for revenues and
expenses.
Examples include schedules for
employees and procedures for daily
relationship management decisions
with suppliers.
If you were starting an accounting practice, what would be some of your
operating plans?
How do these relate to your organizational strategies?
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Q1: Actual Operations
Actual operations are the actions
taken and the results achieved.
Operating
Plans
Actual
Operations
The organizationâ€™s information
system measures the results of
actual operations.
Examples include number of units
wage expense for the period.
If you had an accounting practice, what would information would you
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Q1: Monitoring and Motivating Performance
Actual
Operations
Organizational
Vision & Core
Competencies
Managers use the results of actual
operations to monitor performance and
ensure that it is in line with the
organizational vision.
Managers may find that the results of
actual operations make them re-think the
organizational vision or their view of the
organizationâ€™s core competencies.
If you had an accounting practice, can you think of an example of a
measure of actual operations and how you would use it to motivate
performance?
Can you think of an example of a measure of actual operations that
might make you redefine your organizational vision or your view of your
core competencies?
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Q2: Management Control Systems
â€¢ Belief Systems
â€“ Vision, Mission, Core Values Statements
â€¢ Boundary Systems
â€“ Code of Conduct, Procedure Manuals, Compliance
Actions
â€¢ Diagnostic Control Systems
â€“ Measure, monitor, and motivate employees against
preset goals
â€¢ Interactive Control Systems
â€“ Recurring information and reports to evaluate
performance and direct actions
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Q3: Financial, Managerial, and Cost Accounting
Financial accounting
prepares reports most
frequently used by decision
makers external to the
organization.
Managerial accounting
prepares reports most
frequently used by decision
makers internal to the
organization.
Cost accounting includes both financial and nonfinancial
information and is used for both financial and managerial
accounting.
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Q3: Strategic Cost Management
and the Balanced Scorecard
â€¢ Strategic cost management is an approach to
reducing costs while strengthening the
organizationâ€™s strategic position.
â€¢ The balanced scorecard can be used to formalize
strategic cost management efforts by detailing
financial and nonfinancial benchmarks for all
segments of the organization.
â€¢ Examples of such benchmarks include:
â€¢ Personnel can reduce costs by completing all hiring within 20
days of initial interview.
â€¢ Production can reduce costs and improve quality if Engineering
can reduce the number of processes in the production process.
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Q4: What Information is Relevant
for Decision Making?
â€¢ Information is relevant if:
â€¢ Differs across the alternatives, and
â€¢ Relevant information can be quantitative or
qualitative
â€¢ Information is irrelevant if:
â€¢ Does not vary with the option chosen or action taken
Irrelevant information is NOT useful in
decision making!
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Q4: Relevant Cash Flows
â€¢ Relevant cash flows are future cash flows that
differ across the alternatives.
â€¢ also called incremental cash flows
â€¢ also called avoidable cash flows
â€¢ Irrelevant cash flows are:
â€¢ non-incremental and unavoidable cash flows
â€¢ do not vary among alternatives
â€¢ Must look at the cash flow relevance to the
â€¢ Electricity costs are relevant to the decision to open a
â€¢ Electricity costs are not relevant in the decision to
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Q4: What Information is Relevant
for Decision Making?
You have a small computer repair company and are deciding whether to
replace your old copy machine or repair it. In the list of information
below, identify which data are relevant to this decision and which are
irrelevant.
â€¢ The purchase price of the copy machine was \$1200.
â€¢ The repair costs are \$320.
â€¢ The copy machine can make 20 copies per minute.
â€¢ If you repair it, the machine will use less toner than it does now.
â€¢ You make approximately 1000 copies per month.
â€¢ The repair wonâ€™t fix the broken stapler.
â€¢ The repair carries a one-year warranty.
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Q4: Relevance of Income Statement Information
â€¢ Income Statements include:
â€“ Period costs
â€“ Product costs (recorded as cost of goods sold)
â€¢ Many business decisions require the incremental
cost to produce a unit
â€¢ Cost per unit on the income statement includes
both fixed and variable costs
â€¢ Including fixed costs does not represent the true
incremental cost of a unit
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Q5: Impact of Business Risk on Decision Making
â€¢ Business Risk is the possibility an event will occur
and interfere with the organizationâ€™s strategic goals
Economic &
Financial
People,
Legal &
Health
Political and
Social
Reputation
Weather
Criminal and
Terrorist
Informational
&
Operational
Environment
â€¢ The existence of business risk can cloud
managementâ€™s decision making process
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Q6: Uncertainties, Biases, and Decision Quality
â€¢ Uncertainties are issues and information about
which there is doubt.
â€¢ Biases are preconceived notions adopted without
careful thought.
â€¢ Decision quality refers to the characteristics of a
decision that affect the likelihood of achieving a
positive outcome.
â€¢ Both uncertainty and bias reduce decision quality.
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Q6: Uncertainties and Biases in Information
â€¢ Uncertainties come from many sources and can be
exogenous or endogenous.
â€¢ The future is always uncertain.
â€¢ Managers may be uncertain that the right information
was captured in a report.
â€¢ Biases can come from many sources.
â€¢ The decision maker may be biased towards or against a
particular alternative (predisposition bias)
â€¢ The methods used to collect information could have
introduced bias (information bias)
â€¢ The decision maker may exercise an error in judgment or
processing information (cognitive bias)
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Q6: Motorolaâ€™s Iridium Project
â€¢ How did uncertainties and bias effect Motorolaâ€™s
decision making process?
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Q6: Uncertainties, Biases, and Decision Quality
Lori loves to sew and has always made her own clothes. People often
tell her that she is the best-dressed person theyâ€™ve ever met. She can
design and sew a lovely outfit in under 2 days. She is considering
opening a store that could sell her home-made fashions. Then she could
combine her work with her hobby.
Can you identify some of the uncertainties Lori faces? Can you think of
any way she can reduce some of these uncertainties?
Can you identify any possible personal biases that Lori may have? How
could these affect her decision making process?
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Q7: Characteristics of Higher-Quality Decisions
Higher quality decisions come from a
higher quality decision making process.
Such a process is thorough, unbiased,
focused, strategic, creative, and visionary.
This process requires reports that are
relevant, understandable, and available.
These reports must contain information
that is more certain, complete, relevant,
timely and valuable.
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Q8: Components of Ethical Decision Making
Identify
ethical
problems as
they arise
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Consider the
well being of
others and
society
Clarify and
apply ethical
values
Continuously
improve your
personal
ethics
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Q8: The IMAâ€™s Code of Ethics
â€¢ The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)
has a Code of Ethics that states that IMA
members have a responsibility to:
â€¢ maintain an appropriate level of professional competence
and perform their professional duties in accordance with
laws, regulations, and standards;
â€¢ refrain from disclosing confidential information (unless
legally obligated), or using (or even appearing to use)
â€¢ avoid actual and apparent conflicts of interest; and
â€¢ communicate information fairly and objectively, and disclose
all relevant information to decision makers.
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Q8: Ethical Decision Making
Suppose you work for the Lee K. Fawcett Plumbing Company as Mr.
type some financial statements from his hand-written notes so that he
can take them to the bank as part of a loan application.
This exercise seems odd to you because the companyâ€™s CPA recently
delivered the monthly financial statements that she prepares.
While typing the financial statements you notice that the building the
company rents is listed as an asset. Also, you write checks each month
for the monthly payments on two car loans, and these are not listed as
liabilities.
Do you have an ethical dilemma? Discuss your approach to handling
this situation.
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Appendix: Steps for
Better Thinking
Steps for Better
Thinking is a
process to help
Open-ended
questions have no
single correct
solution; managers
must seek the best
solution.
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(c) 2002.Information
C. L. Lynch, in
S. Management
K. Wolcott, andDecision
G. E. Huber,
â€œSteps for Better Thinking: A
Chapter 1: The RoleSource:
of Accounting
Making
Developmental
Problem-Solving
Processâ€ (August
5, 2002).
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& Wolcottâ€™s
Cost Management,
1e
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Appendix: Steps for Better Thinking â€“ Foundation
(Knowing)
â€¢ Foundation level skills include a knowledge of the
terminology and basic concepts that are relevant
to the decision at hand.
â€¢ An individual with Foundation level skills can:
â€¢ perform calculations to arrive at correct answer
â€¢ define terms in his/her own words
â€¢ describe a concept
â€¢ list the elements contained in a concept or
process
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Appendix: Steps for Better Thinking – Identifying
â€¢ Step 1 skills include the ability to identify relevant
information and uncertainties.
â€¢ An individual with Step 1 skills can:
â€¢ create a list of issues related to the decision
â€¢ sort information that is relevant
â€¢ identify the reasons for the underlying
uncertainties
â€¢ perform research to obtain input into the
decision
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Appendix: Steps for Better Thinking – Exploring
â€¢ Step 2 skills include the ability to explore
interpretations of the information and connections
between alternative solutions approaches.
â€¢ An individual with Step 2 skills can:
â€¢ recognize and control for his/her own biases
â€¢ articulate assumptions and reasoning
associated with alternative points of view
â€¢ organize information in meaningful ways to
encompass problem complexities
â€¢ compare and contrast different approaches to
a problemâ€™s solutions
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Appendix: Steps for Better Thinking – Prioritizing
â€¢ Step 3 skills include the ability to prioritize
alternatives, come to a decision, and implement
the decision.
â€¢ An individual with Step 3 skills can:
â€¢ develop guidelines for prioritizing alternatives
â€¢ prioritize alternatives after objective analysis
â€¢ communicate findings in a manner appropriate
to the audience
â€¢ describe how the solution or decision might
change if priorities change
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Appendix: Steps for Better Thinking – Envisioning
â€¢ Step 4 skills include the ability to monitor the
decision and innovate new strategies to modify
the decision when circumstances change.
â€¢ An individual with Step 4 skills can:
â€¢ explain the limitations of the decision made
â€¢ establish a plan for monitoring the performance
of the decision
â€¢ explain how conditions may change in the
future and how this may change the decision
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Cost Management
Measuring, Monitoring, and Motivating Performance
Chapter 2
The Cost Function
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Chapter 2: The Cost Function
Learning objectives
â€¢
Q1: What are the different ways to describe cost behavior?
â€¢
Q2: What process is used to estimate future costs?
â€¢
Q3: How are engineered estimates, account analysis, and
two-point methods used to estimate cost functions?
â€¢
Q4: How does a scatter plot assist with categorizing a cost?
â€¢
Q5: How is regression analysis used to estimate a cost
function?
â€¢
Q6: How are cost estimates used in decision making?
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Q1: Different Ways to Describe Costs
â€¢ Costs can be defined by how they relate to a cost
object, which is defined as any thing or activity for
which we measure costs.
â€¢ Costs can also be categorized as to how they are
used in decision making.
â€¢ Costs can also be distinguished by the way they
change as activity or volume levels change.
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Q1: Assigning Costs to a Cost Object
Cost Assignment
Determining the costs that should attach to a cost object is
called cost assignment.
cost tracing
Direct
Costs
Cost
Object
Indirect
Costs
Direct costs are
easily traced to the
cost object.
Indirect costs are
not easily traced to
the cost object, and
must be allocated.
cost allocation
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Q1: Direct and Indirect Costs
â€¢ In manufacturing:
â€¢ all materials costs that are easily traced to the product are called
direct material costs
â€¢ all labor costs that are easily traced to the product are called direct
labor costs
â€¢ all other production costs are called overhead costs
â€¢ Whether or not a cost is a direct cost depends upon:
â€¢ the definition of the cost object
â€¢ the precision of the bookkeeping system that tracks costs
â€¢ the technology available to capture cost information
â€¢ whether the benefits of tracking the cost as direct exceed the
resources expended to track the cost
â€¢ the nature of the operations that produce the product or service
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Q1: Linear Cost Behavior Terminology
â€¢ Total fixed costs are costs that do not change (in
total) as activity levels change.
â€¢ Total variable costs are costs that increase (in total)
in proportion to the increase in activity levels.
â€¢ Total costs equal total fixed costs plus total variable
costs.
â€¢ The relevant range is the span of activity levels for
which the cost behavior patterns hold.
â€¢ A cost driver is a measure of activity or volume
level; increases in a cost driver cause total costs to
increase.
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Q1: Behavior of Total (Linear) Costs
\$
Total Costs
If costs are linear, then total costs
graphically look like this.
Cost Driver
\$
Total Fixed Costs
Total fixed costs do not change as the cost
driver increases.
Higher total fixed costs are higher above
the x axis.
Cost Driver
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Q1: Behavior of Total (Linear) Costs
\$
Total Costs
If costs are linear, then total costs
graphically look like this.
Cost Driver
\$
Total Variable Costs
Total variable costs increase as the cost
driver increases.
A steeper slope represents higher variable
costs per unit of the cost driver.
Cost Driver
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Q1: Total Versus Per-unit (Average) Cost Behavior
\$
Total Variable Costs
If total variable costs look
like this . . .
slope = \$m/unit
Cost Driver
\$/unit
Per-Unit Variable Costs
. . . then variable costs per
unit look like this.
m
Cost Driver
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Q1: Total Versus Per-Unit (Average) Cost Behavior
\$
Total Fixed Costs
If total fixed costs look
like this . . .
Cost Driver
\$/unit
Per-Unit Fixed Costs
. . . then fixed costs per
unit look like this.
Cost Driver
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Q1: Total Versus Per-Unit (Average) Cost Behavior
Lariâ€™s Leather produces customized motorcycle jackets. The leather for
one jacket costs \$50, and Lari rents a shop for \$450/month. Compute the
total costs per month and the average cost per jacket if she made only
one jacket per month. What if she made 10 jackets per month?
Average variable costs are constant
1 Jacket Total variable costs go up 10 Jackets
Total Average
Costs/ Cost/
Month Jacket
Total Average
Costs/ Cost/
Month Jacket
Leather
\$50
\$50
Leather
\$500
\$50
Rent
\$450
\$450
Rent
\$450
\$45
Total
\$500
\$500
Total
\$950
\$95
Total fixed costs are constant
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Average fixed costs go down
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Q1: The Cost Function
When costs are linear, the cost function is:
TC = F + V x Q, where
F = total fixed cost, V = variable cost per unit of the cost
driver, and Q = the quantity of the cost driver.
\$
Total Costs
The intercept is the total fixed cost.
The slope is the variable cost per
unit of the cost driver.
slope = \$V/unit of cost driver
F
Cost Driver
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A cost that includes a fixed cost
element and a variable cost
element is known as a mixed cost.
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Q1: Nonlinear Cost Behavior
Sometimes nonlinear costs exhibit linear cost behavior over a
range of the cost driver. This is the relevant range of activity.
intercept = total fixed costs
Total
Costs
slope = variable cost per
unit of cost driver
Cost Driver
Relevant Range
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Q1: Stepwise Linear Cost Behavior
Some costs are fixed at one level for one range of activity and
fixed at another level for another range of activity. These are
known as stepwise linear costs.
Total Supervisor Salaries Cost in \$1000s
Example: A production
supervisor makes
\$40,000 per year and
the factory can produce
100,000 units annually
for each 8-hour shift it
operates.
120
80
40
100
200
300
Number of units produced, in 1000s
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Q1: Piecewise Linear Cost Behavior
Some variable costs per unit are constant at one level for one
range of activity and constant at another level for another
range of activity. These are known as piecewise linear costs.
Total Materials Costs
slope=
\$9/gallon
slope=
\$7.50/gallon
slope=
\$8/gallon
1000
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Example: A supplier
sells us raw materials
at \$9/gallon for the first
1000 gallons, \$8/gallon
for the second 1000
gallons, and at
\$7.50/gallon for all
gallons purchased over
2000 gallons.
2000
Gallons purchased
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Q1: Cost Terms for Decision Making
â€¢ In Chapter 1 we learned the distinction between
relevant and irrelevant cash flows.
â€¢ Opportunity costs are the benefits of an alternative
one gives up when that alternative is not chosen.
â€¢ Opportunity costs are difficult to measure because they
are associated with something that did not occur.
â€¢ Opportunity costs are always relevant in decision
making.
â€¢ Sunk costs are costs that were incurred in the past.
â€¢ Sunk costs are never relevant for decision making.
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Q1: Cost Terms for Decision Making
â€¢ Discretionary costs are periodic costs incurred for
activities that management may or may not
determine are worthwhile.
â€¢ These costs may be variable or fixed costs.
â€¢ Discretionary costs are relevant for decision making
only if they vary across the alternatives under
consideration.
â€¢ Marginal cost is the incremental cost of producing
the next unit.
â€¢ When costs are linear and the level of activity is within
the relevant range, marginal cost is the same as
variable cost per unit.
â€¢ Marginal costs are often relevant in decision making.
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Q2: What Process is Used to Estimate
Future Costs?
Past costs are often used to estimate future,
non-discretionary, costs. In these instances,
one must also consider:
â€¢ whether the past costs are relevant to the
decision at hand
â€¢ whether the future cost behavior is likely to
mimic the past cost behavior
â€¢ whether the past fixed and variable cost
estimates are likely to hold in the future
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Q3: Engineered Estimates of Cost Functions
â€¢ Use accountants, engineers, employees, and/or
consultants to analyze the resources used in the
activities required to complete a product, service,
or process.
â€¢ For example, a company making inflatable rubber
kayaks would estimate some of the following:
â€¢ the amount and cost of the rubber required
â€¢ the amount and cost of labor required in the cutting department
â€¢
â€¢
â€¢
â€¢
the amount and cost of labor required in the assembly department
overhead costs and the best cost allocation base to use
the selling costs, including commissions and advertising
the distribution costs
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Q3: Account Analysis Method of
Estimating a Cost Function
â€¢ Review past costs in the general ledger and past
activity levels to determine each costâ€™s past
behavior.
â€¢ For example, a company producing clay wine
goblets might review its records and find:
â€¢ the cost of clay is piecewise linear with respect to the number of
pounds of clay purchased
â€¢ skilled production labor is variable with respect to the number of
goblets produced
â€¢ unskilled production labor is mixed, and the variable portion varies
with respect to the number of times the kiln is operated
â€¢ production supervisorsâ€™ salary costs are stepwise linear
â€¢ distribution costs are mixed, with the variable portion dependent
upon the number of retailers ordering goblets
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Q3: Example – Account Analysis Method of
Estimating a Cost Function
â€¢The table on the right
contains the
expenditures for Scott
Manufacturing during the
last year.
â€¢100,000 units were
produced and sold
â€¢\$500,000 of sales
revenue was recorded
Required:
1. Determine the cost
function using units
produced as the
driver
2. Repeat using sales
dollars as the driver
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Expense
Amount
Direct Materials
\$500,000
Direct Labor
300,000
Rent
25,000
Insurance
15,000
Commissions
200,000
Property Tax
20,000
Telephone
10,000
Depreciation
85,000
Power & Light
30,000
100,000
Total
1,285,000
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Variable
Fixed
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Q3: Example – Account Analysis Method of
Estimating a Cost Function
â€¢ Steps in estimating a cost function using account
analysis
â€“ Separate fixed and variable costs
â€“ Total the fixed costs
â€“ Total the variable costs
â€“ Calculate a variable cost per driver
â€“ Write out the cost function
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Q3: Solution – Account Analysis Method of
Estimating a Cost Function
Expense
Amount
Variable
Direct Materials
\$500,000
500,000
Direct Labor
300,000
300,000
Rent
25,000
25,000
Insurance
15,000
15,000
Commissions
200,000
Property Tax
20,000
Cost Function on Dollars:
20,000
Telephone
10,000
10,000
TC = FC + VC/Sales \$ * Sales \$
Depreciation
85,000
TC = \$285,000 + (\$0.20) * Sales \$
85,000
Power & Light
30,000
30,000
100,000
100,000
Total
1,285,000
1,000,000 285,000
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Fixed
Cost Function on Units:
TC = FC + VC/Unit * Qty
TC = \$285,000 + (\$10/unit) * Qty
200,000
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Q3: Two-Point Method of
Estimating a Cost Function
â€¢ Use the information contained in two past
observations of cost and activity to separate
mixed and variable costs.
â€¢ It is much easier and less costly to use than the
account analysis or engineered estimate of cost
methods, but:
â€¢ it estimates only mixed cost functions,
â€¢ it is not very accurate, and
â€¢ it can grossly misrepresent costs if the data points
come from different relevant ranges of activity
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Q3: Example – Two-Point Method of
Estimating a Cost Function
In July the Gibson Co. incurred total overhead costs of \$58,000 and
made 6,200 units. In December it produced 3,200 units and total
overhead costs were \$40,000. What are the total fixed factory costs per
month and average variable factory costs?
We first need to determine V, using the equation for the slope of a line.
\$
rise/run = \$58,000 – \$40,000
6,200 â€“ 3,200 units
= \$18,000/3,000 units
= \$6/unit
Then, using TC = F + V x Q, and one
of the data points, determine F.
\$58,000
\$58,000 = F + \$6/unit x 6,200 units
\$40,000
\$58,000 = F + \$37,200
\$20,800
\$20,800 = F
3,200
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Units
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Q3: High-Low Method of
Estimating a Cost Function
â€¢ The high-low method is a two-point method
â€¢ the two data points used to estimate costs are
observations with the highest and the lowest
activity levels
â€¢ The extreme points for activity levels may not
be representative of costs in the relevant
range
â€¢ this method may underestimate total fixed costs
and overestimate variable costs per unit,
â€¢ or vice versa.
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Q4: How Does a Scatterplot
Assist with Categorizing a Cost?
â€¢ A scatterplot shows cost observations plotted
against levels of a possible cost driver.
â€¢ A scatterplot can assist in determining:
â€¢ which cost driver might be the best for
analyzing total costs, and
â€¢ the cost behavior of the cost against the
potential cost driver.
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Q4: Which Cost Driver Has the Best
Cause & Effect Relationship with Total Cost?
8 observations of total selling expenses plotted against 3 potential cost drivers
\$
\$
# units sold
\$
# customers
The number of salespersons
appears to be the best cost
driver of the 3.
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# salespersons
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Q4: What is the Underlying Cost Behavior?
\$
This cost is probably linear and fixed.
# units sold
\$
This cost is
probably linear and
variable.
# units sold
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Q4: What is the Underlying Cost Behavior?
\$
This cost is probably linear and mixed.
# units sold
\$
This is likely a
stepwise linear
cost.
# units sold
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Q4: What is the Underlying Cost Behavior?
\$
This cost may be piecewise linear.
# units sold
\$
This cost appears to
have a nonlinear
relationship with units
sold.
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# units sold
Slide # 31
Q5: How is Regression Analysis Used to
Estimate a Mixed Cost Function?
â€¢ Regression analysis estimates the parameters for a linear
relationship between a dependent variable and one or more
independent (explanatory) variables.
â€¢ When there is only one independent variable, it is called
simple regression.
â€¢ When there is more than one independent variable, it is
called multiple regression.
Y=Î±+Î²X+ï¥
dependent
variable
independent
variable
Î± and Î² are the parameters; ï¥ is the error term (or residual)
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Q5: How is Regression Analysis Used to
Estimate a Mixed Cost Function?
We can use regression to separate the fixed and
variable components of a mixed cost.
Yi = Î± + Î² Xi + ï¥i
the predicted total cost for
Xi and the actual total cost
for observation i
Yi is the
actual total
costs for
data point i
Xi is the actual quantity
of the cost driver for
data point i
the intercept
term is total
fixed costs
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ï¥i is the difference between
the slope
term is the
variable cost
per unit
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Q5: Regression Output Terminology:
â€¢ Goodness of fit
â€¢ How well does the line from the regression output fit the
actual data points?
â€¢ The adjusted R-square statistic shows the percentage
of variation in the Y variable that is explained by the
regression equation.
â€¢ The next slide has an illustration of how a regression
equation can explain the variation in a Y variable.
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Q5: Regression Output Terminology:
100,000
90,000
80,000
70,000
60,000
50,000
40,000
30,000
20,000
10,000
0
Values of Y by Observation #
Observation #
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
â€¢ We have 29 observations of a Y variable, and the average of the Y variables is
56,700.
â€¢ If we plot them in order of the observation number, there is no discernable pattern.
â€¢ We have no explanation as to why the observations vary about the average of
56,700.
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Q5: Regression Output Terminology:
If each Y value had an
associated X value, then we
could reorder the Y
observations along the X axis
according to the value of the
associated X.
100,000 Values of Y by X Value
90,000
80,000
70,000
60,000
50,000
40,000
30,000
20,000
10,000
0
0
1,000
2,000
3,000
Now we can measure how the Y observations vary from the â€œline of
best fitâ€ instead of from the average of the Y observations. Adjusted RSquare measures the portion of Yâ€™s variation about its mean that is
explained by Yâ€™s relationship to X.
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Q5: Regression Output Terminology:
p-value and t-statistic.
â€¢ Statistical significance of regression coefficients
â€¢ When running a regression we are concerned about
whether the â€œtrueâ€ (unknown) coefficients are non-zero.
â€¢ Did we get a non-zero intercept (or slope coefficient) in
the regression output only because of the particular
data set we used?
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Q5: Regression Output Terminology:
p-value and t-statistic.
â€¢ The t-statistic and the p-value both measure our
confidence that the true coefficient is non-zero.
â€¢ In general, if the t-statistic for the intercept (slope) term
> 2, we can be about 95% confident (at least) that the
true intercept (slope) term is not zero.
â€¢ The p-value is more precise
â€¢ it tells us the probability that the true coefficient
being estimated is zero
â€¢ if the p-value is less than 5%, we are more than
95% confident that the true coefficient is non-zero.
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Q5: Interpreting Regression Output
Suppose we had 16 observations of total costs and activity levels
(measured in machine hours) for each total cost. If we regressed the total
costs against the machine hours, we would get . . .
Regression Statistics
Multiple R
0.885
R Square
0.783
Standard Error
135.3
Observations
16
Std
Coefficients Error t Stat P-value
Intercept
2937 64.59 45.47 1.31E-16
Machine Hours 5.215 0.734 7.109 5.26E-06
The coefficients give you the parameters of the estimated cost function.
Predicted total costs = \$2,937 + (\$5.215/mach hr) x (# of mach hrs)
Total fixed costs are
estimated at \$2,937.
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Q5: Interpreting Regression Output
Regression Statistics
Multiple R
0.885
R Square
0.783
Standard Error
135.3
Observations
16
Std
Coefficients Error t Stat P-value
Intercept
2937 64.59 45.47 1.31E-16
Machine Hours 5.215 0.734 7.109 5.26E-06
The regression line explains
76.8% of the variation in the total
cost observations.
(5.26E-06 means 5.26 x 10-6,
or 0.00000526)
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The high t-statistics . . .
. . . and the low p-values on
both of the regression
parameters tell us that the
intercept and the slope
coefficient are â€œstatistically
significantâ€.
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Q5: Regression Interpretation Example
Caroleâ€™s Coffee asked you to help determine its cost function for its chain
of coffee shops. Carole gave you 16 observations of total monthly costs
and the number of customers served in the month. The data is presented
below, and the a portion of the output from the regression you ran is
presented on the next slide. Help Carole interpret this output.
Costs Customers
\$5,100
1,600
\$10,800
3,200
\$7,300
4,800
\$17,050
6,400
\$9,900
8,000
\$16,800
9,600
\$29,400
11,200
\$26,900
12,800
\$20,000
14,400
\$24,700
16,000
\$30,800
17,600
\$26,300
19,200
\$39,600
20,800
\$42,000
22,400
\$32,000
24,000
\$37,500
25,600
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\$40,000
Carole’s Coffee – Total Monthly Costs
\$35,000
\$30,000
\$25,000
\$20,000
\$15,000
\$10,000
\$5,000
Customers Served
\$0
0
5,000
10,000
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20,000
25,000
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Q5: Regression Interpretation Example
Regression Statistics
Multiple R
0.91
R Square
0.8281
Std
Coefficients Error t Stat
P-value
Standard Error
4985.6 Intercept
4634 2614 1.7723 0.0980879
Observations
16 Customers 1.388 0.169 8.2131 1.007E-06
What is Caroleâ€™s estimated cost function? In a store that serves 10,000
customers, what would you predict for the storeâ€™s total monthly costs?
Predicted total costs = \$4,634 + (\$1.388/customer) x (# of customers)
Predicted total
costs at 10,000
customers
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=
\$4,634 + (\$1.388/customer) x 10,000 customers
=
\$18,514
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Q5: Regression Interpretation Example
Regression Statistics
Multiple R
0.91
R Square
0.8281
Std
Coefficients Error t Stat
P-value
Standard Error
4985.6 Intercept
4634 2614 1.7723 0.0980879
Observations
16 Customers 1.388 0.169 8.2131 1.007E-06
What is the explanatory power of this model? Are the coefficients
statistically significant or not? What does this mean about the cost function?
The model
The slope coefficient is
explains 81.58%significantly different from zero.
of the variation This means we can be pretty
in total costs, sure that the true cost function
which is pretty includes nonzero variable costs
good.
per customer.
The intercept is not
significantly different
from zero. Thereâ€™s a
9.8% probability that
the true fixed costs are
zero*.
*(Some would say the intercept is significant as long as the p-value is less than 10%, rather than 5%.)
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Q6: Considerations When Using
Estimates of Future Costs
â€¢ The future is always unknown, so there are
uncertainties when estimating future costs.
â€¢ The estimated cost function may have misspecified the cost behavior.
â€¢ The cost function may be using an incorrect cost
driver.
â€¢ Future cost behavior may not mimic past cost
behavior.
â€¢ Future costs may be different from past costs.
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Q6: Considerations When Using
Estimates of Future Costs
â€¢ The data used to estimate past costs may not be of
high-quality.
â€¢ The accounting system may aggregate costs in a
way that mis-specifies cost behavior.
â€¢ Information from outside the accounting system
may not be accurate.
â€¢ The true cost function may not be in agreement
with the cost function assumptions.
â€¢ For example, if variable costs per unit of the cost
driver are not constant over any reasonable
range of activity, the linearity of total cost
assumption is violated.
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Appendix 2A: Multiple Regression Example
We have 10 observations of total project cost, the number of
machine hours used by the projects, and the number of
machine set-ups the projects used.
\$10,000 Total Costs
\$10,000
\$8,000
\$8,000
\$6,000
\$6,000
\$4,000
\$4,000
\$2,000
Total Costs
\$2,000
Number of Set-ups
\$0
Number of Machine Hours
\$0
0
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4
6
0
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Appendix 2A: Multiple Regression Example
Regress total costs on the number of set-ups to get the
following output and estimated cost function:
Regression Statistics
Multiple R
0.788
R Square
0.621
Std
Coefficients Error t Stat P-value
2925.6 1284 2.278 0.0523
Standard Error
1804 Intercept
Observations
10 # of Set-ups 1225.4 338 3.62 0.0068
Predicted project costs = \$2,926 + (\$1,225/set-up) x (# set-ups)
The explanatory power is 57.4%. The # of set-ups
is significant, but the intercept is not significant if
we use a 5% limit for the p-value.
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Appendix 2A: Multiple Regression Example
Regress total costs on the number of machine hours to get
the following output and estimated cost function:
Regression Statistics
Multiple R
0.814
R Square
0.663
Std
Coefficients Error t Stat P-value
Standard Error
1701 Intercept
-173.8 1909 -0.09 0.9297
Observations
10 # Mach Hrs 112.65 28.4 3.968 0.0041
Predicted project costs = – \$173 + (\$113/mach hr) x (# mach hrs)
The explanatory power is 62.1%. The intercept shows up
negative, which is impossible as total fixed costs can not
be negative. However, the p-value on the intercept tells us
that there is a 93% probability that the true intercept is
zero. The # of machine hours is significant.
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Appendix 2A: Multiple Regression Example
Regress total costs on the # of set ups and the # of
machine hours to get the following:
Regression Statistics
Multiple R
0.959
Std
Coefficients Error t Stat P-value
R Square
0.919
-1132 1021 -1.11 0.3044
857.4 182.4
4.7 0.0022
Standard Error
891.8 # of Set-ups
Observations
10 # of Mach Hrs 82.31 16.23 5.072 0.0014
Predicted
project = – \$1,132 + (\$857/set-up) x (# set-ups) + (\$82/mach hr) x (# mach hrs)
costs
The explanatory power is now 89.6%. The p-values on both
slope coefficients show that both are significant. Since the
intercept is not significant, project costs can be estimated
based on the projectâ€™s usage of set-ups and machine hours.
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Appendix 2B: What is a Learning Curve?
A learning curve is
â€¢ the rate at which labor hours per unit decrease as the
volume of activity increases
â€¢ the relationship between cumulative average hours per
unit and the cumulative number of units produced.
A learning curve can be represented mathematically as:
Y = Î± Xr, where
Y = cumulative average labor hours,
Î± = time required for the first unit,
X = cumulative number of units produced,
r = an index for learning = ln(% learning)/ln(2), and
ln is the natural logarithmic function.
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Appendix 2B: Learning Curve Example
Deannaâ€™s Designer Desks just designed a new solid wood desk for
executives. The first desk took her workforce 55 labor hours to make, but
she estimates that each desk will require 75% of the time of the prior desk
(i.e. â€œ% learningâ€ = 75%). Compute the cumulative average time to make 7
desks, and draw a learning curve.
First compute r:
r = ln(75%)/ln(2) = -0.2877/0.693 = -0.4152
Then compute the cumulative
average time for 7 desks:
60
x 7(-0.4152) = 25.42 hrs
40
Y = 55
Cumulative Average Hours Per Desk
50
30
In order to draw a learning curve,
you must compute the value of Y for
all X values from 1 to 7. . . .
Hrs
per
Desk
20
10
Cumulative Number of Desks
0
1
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4
5
6
7
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Cost Management
Measuring, Monitoring, and Motivating Performance
Chapter 3
Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis
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Chapter 3: Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis
Learning objectives
â€¢
Q1: What is cost-volume-profit (CVP) analysis, and how is it
used for decision making?
â€¢
Q2: How are CVP calculations performed for a single
product?
â€¢
Q3: How are CVP calculations performed for multiple
products?
Q4: What assumptions and limitations should managers
consider when using CVP analysis?
â€¢
â€¢
Q5: How are the margin of safety and operating leverage
used to assess operational risk?
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Q1: CVP Analysis and the Breakeven Point
â€¢ CVP analysis looks at the relationship between
selling prices, sales volumes, costs, and profits.
â€¢ The breakeven point (BEP) is where total revenue
equal total costs.
\$
Total Revenue (TR)
BEP in
sales \$
Total Costs (TC)
units
BEP in units
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Q2: How is CVP Analysis Used?
â€¢ CVP analysis can determine, both in units and in
sales dollars:
â€¢ the volume required to break even
â€¢ the volume required to achieve target profit levels
â€¢ the effects of discretionary expenditures
â€¢ the selling price or costs required to achieve
target volume levels
â€¢ CVP analysis helps analyze the sensitivity of profits
to changes in selling prices, costs, volume and
sales mix.
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Q2: CVP Calculations for a Single Product
Units required to
F ï€« Profit
achieve target ï€½ Q ï€½
P -V
pretax profit
where F = total fixed costs
P = selling price per unit
V = variable cost per unit
P – V = contribution margin per unit
To find the breakeven point in units, set Profit = 0.
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Q2: CVP Calculations for a Single Product
Sales \$ required
to achieve target ï€½ F ï€« Profit
CMR
pretax profit
where F = total fixed costs
CMR = contribution margin ratio
= (P- V)/P
Note that CMR
can also be
computed as
Total Revenue ï€­ Total Variable Costs
CMR ï€½
Total Revenue
To find the breakeven point in sales \$, set Profit = 0.
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Q2: Breakeven Point Calculations
Billâ€™s Briefcases makes high quality cases for laptops that sell for \$200.
The variable costs per briefcase are \$80, and the total fixed costs are
\$360,000. Find the BEP in units and in sales \$ for this company.
BEP in units ï€½
F ï€«0
\$360,000
ï€½
P ï€­ V \$200 / unit ï€­ \$80 / unit
\$360,000
ï€½
ï€½ 3,000 units
\$120 / unit
\$360,000
F
F ï€«0 ï€½
ï€½
BEP in sales \$ ï€½
(P ï€­ V ) / P (\$200 ï€­ \$80) / \$200
CMR
\$360,000
ï€½
ï€½ \$600,000
60%
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Q2: CVP Graph
Draw a CVP graph for Billâ€™s Briefcases. What is the pretax profit if Bill
sells 4100 briefcases? If he sells 2200 briefcases? Recall that P =
\$200, V = \$80, and F = \$360,000.
Profit at 4100 units =
\$120 x 4100 – \$360,000.
TR
\$132,000
\$1000s
TC
\$600
\$360
Profit at 2200 units = \$120 x 2200 – \$360,000.
2200
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More easily: 4100 units is 1100 units past BEP,
so profit = \$120 x 1100 units; 2200 units is 800
units before BEP, so loss = \$120 x 800 units.
-\$96,000
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Q2: CVP Calculations
How many briefcases does Bill need to sell to reach a target pretax
profit of \$240,000? What level of sales revenue is this? Recall that P =
\$200, V = \$80, and F = \$360,000.
Units needed to F ï€« Profit \$360,000 ï€« \$240,000
ï€½
reach target ï€½
\$120 / unit
P ï€­V
pretax profit
ï€½ 5,000 units
Sales \$ required F ï€« \$240,000
F
ï€½
to reach target ï€½
CMR
(P ï€­ V ) / P
pretax profit
\$600,000
ï€½
ï€½ \$1,000,000
60%
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Of course, 5,000 units x
\$200/unit = \$1,000,000,
too.
But sometimes you only
know the CMR and not
the selling price per
unit, so this is still a
valuable formula.
Slide # 9
Q2: CVP Calculations
How many briefcases does Bill need to sell to reach a target after-tax
profit of \$319,200 if the tax rate is 30%? What level of sales revenue is
this? Recall that P = \$200, V = \$80, and F = \$360,000.
First convert the target after-tax profit to its target pretax profit:
After-tax profit \$319,200
Pretax profit ï€½
ï€½
ï€½ \$456,000
(1 ï€­ Tax rate)
(1 ï€­ 0.3)
Units needed to
\$360,000 ï€« \$456,000
ï€½
ï€½ 6,800 units
reach target
\$120 / unit
pretax profit
Sales \$ needed
to reach target
pretax profit
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ï€½
ï€½ \$1,360,000
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Q1,2: Using CVP to Determine Target Cost Levels
Suppose that Billâ€™s marketing department says that he can sell 6,000
briefcases if the selling price is reduced to \$170. Billâ€™s target pretax
profit is \$210,000. Determine the highest level that his variable costs
can so that he can make his target. Recall that F = \$360,000.
Use the CVP formula for units, but solve for V:
Q = 6,000 units ï€½ \$360,000 ï€« \$210,000
\$170/unit ï€­ V
\$170/unit ï€­ V ï€½
\$360,000 ï€« \$210,000
ï€½ \$95/unit
6,000 units
V ï€½ \$75/unit
If Bill can reduce his variable costs to \$75/unit, he can meet his goal.
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Q4: Business Risk in Billâ€™s Decision
â€¢ After this analysis, Bill needs to consider several
issues before deciding to lower his price to
\$170/unit.
â€¢ How reliable are his marketing departmentâ€™s estimates?
â€¢ Is a \$5/unit decrease in variable costs feasible?
â€¢ Will this decrease in variable costs affect product quality?
â€¢ If 6,000 briefcases is within his plantâ€™s capacity but lower
than his current sales level, will the increased production
affect employee morale or productivity?
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Q1: Using CVP to Compare Alternatives
â€¢ CVP analysis can compare alternative cost
structures or selling prices.
â€¢ high salary/low commission vs. lower salary/higher
commission for sales persons
â€¢ highly automated production process with low variable
costs per unit vs. lower technology process with higher
variable costs per unit and lower fixed costs.
minimal advertising and lower selling prices
â€¢ The indifference point between alternatives is the
level of sales (in units or sales \$) where the profits of
the alternatives are equal.
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Q1,2: Using CVP to Compare Alternatives
Currently Billâ€™s salespersons have salaries totaling \$80,000 (included
in F of \$360,000) and earn a 5% commission on each unit (\$10 per
briefcase). He is considering an alternative compensation arrangement
where the salaries are decreased to \$35,000 and the commission is
increased to 20% (\$40 per briefcase). Compute the BEP in units under
the proposed alternative. Recall that P = \$200 and V = \$80 currently.
First compute F and V under the proposed plan:
F = \$360,000 – \$45,000 decrease in salaries = \$315,000
V = \$80 + \$30 increase in commission = \$110
Then compute Q under the proposed plan:
Units
\$315,000
needed to ï€½ Q ï€½ F ï€« 0 ï€½
ï€½ 3,500 units
\$200 / unit – \$110/unit
P ï€­V
breakeven
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Q1: Determining the Indifference Point
Compute the volume of sales, in units, for which Bill is indifferent
between the two alternatives.
The indifference point in units is the Q for which the profit equations
of the two alternatives are equal.
Current Plan
Proposed Plan
Contribution margin per unit
\$120
\$90
Total fixed costs
\$360,000
\$315,000
Profit (current plan) = \$120Q – \$360,000
Profit (proposed plan) = \$90Q – \$315,000
\$120Q – \$360,000 = \$90Q – \$315,000
\$30Q = \$45,000
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Q1,2: CVP Graphs of the Indifference Point
Draw a CVP graph for Billâ€™s that displays the costs under both
alternatives. Notice that the total revenue line for both alternatives is
the same, but the total cost lines are different.
\$1000s
BEP for the
current plan
TR
TC-proposed plan
TC-current plan
\$600
BEP for the
proposed plan
\$360
\$315
indifference point between the plans
1500
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Q1,2: Comparing Alternatives
The current plan breaks even before the proposed plan.
At 1500 units, the plans have the same total cost.
TR
\$1000s
TC-proposed plan
TC-current plan
\$600
Each unit sold
provides a larger
contribution to profits
under the current
plan.
\$360
\$315
1500
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Q4: Business Risk in Billâ€™s Decision
â€¢ Hopefully Bill is currently selling more than 1500
briefcases, because profits are negative under
BOTH plans at this point.
â€¢ The total costs of the current plan are less than the
those of the proposed plan at sales levels past
1500 briefcases.
â€¢ Therefore, it seems the current plan is preferable to
the proposed plan.
However, . . .
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Q5: Business Risk in Billâ€™s Decision
. . . this may not be true because the level of future
sales is always uncertain.
â€¢ What if the briefcases were a new product line?
â€¢ Estimates of sales levels may be highly uncertain.
â€¢ The lower fixed costs of the proposed plan may be
safer.
â€¢ The plans may create different estimates of the
likelihood of various sales levels.
â€¢ Salespersons may have an incentive to sell more
units under the proposed plan.
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Q3: CVP Analysis for Multiple Products
When a company sells more than one product the
CVP calculations must be adjusted for the sales
mix. The sales mix should be stated as a proportion
â€¢ of total units sold when performing CVP
calculations for in units.
â€¢ of total revenues when performing CVP
calculations in sales \$.
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Q3: Sales Mix Computations
â€¢ The weighted average contribution margin is the
weighted sum of the productsâ€™ contribution margins:
WACM ï€½ ïƒ¥ni=1 ï¬ iCM i
where Î»i is product iâ€™s % of total sales
in units, CMi is product iâ€™s contribution
margin, and n= the number of
products.
â€¢ The weighted average contribution margin ratio is
the weighted sum of the productsâ€™ contribution
margin ratios:
where ï§i is product iâ€™s % of total
revenues, CMRi is product iâ€™s
WACMR ï€½ ïƒ¥ni=1 ï§ iCMR i sales
contribution margin ratio, and n=
the number of products.
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Q3: Multiple Product Breakeven Point
Peggyâ€™s Kitchen Wares sells three sizes of frying pans. Next year she
hopes to sell a total of 10,000 pans. Peggyâ€™s total fixed costs are
\$40,800. Each productâ€™s selling price and variable costs is given
below. Find the BEP in units for this company.
Expected sales in units
Small Medium
2,000
5,000
Selling price per unit
Variable costs per unit
Contribution margin per unit
\$10.00
\$4.00
\$6.00
Large Total
3,000 10,000
\$15.00 \$18.00
\$8.00 \$11.00
\$7.00 \$7.00
First note the sales mix in units is 20%:50%:30%, respectively; then
compute the weighted average contribution margin:
WACM = 20%x\$6 + 50%x\$7 + 30%x\$7 = \$6.80
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Q3: Multiple Product Breakeven Point
Next, compute the BEP in terms of total units:
Total units
F ï€«0
\$40,800
needed to ï€½ Q ï€½
ï€½
ï€½ 6,000 units
P ï€­V
\$6.80/unit
breakeven
But 6,000 units is not really the BEP in units; the BEP is only 6,000 units if
the sales mix remains the same.
The BEP should be stated in terms of how many of each unit must be sold:
Units required to break even:
Small pans
20% 1,200
Medium pans
50% 3,000
Large pans
30% 1,800
6,000
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Q3: Multiple Product Breakeven Point
Find the BEP in sales \$ for Peggyâ€™s Kitchen Wares. The total revenue
and total variable cost information below is based on the expected
sales mix.
Small Medium
2,000 5,000
Expected sales in units
Total revenue
Total variable costs
Total contribution margin
Contribution margin ratio
Large
3,000
Total
10,000
\$20,000 \$75,000 \$54,000 \$149,000
\$8,000 \$40,000 \$33,000 \$81,000
\$12,000 \$35,000 \$21,000 \$68,000
60.0%
46.7%
38.9%
45.6%
First compute the weighted average contribution margin ratio:
WACMR = (20/149)x60% + (75/149)x46.7% + (54/149)x38.9% =
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Q3: Multiple Product Breakeven Point
. . . = 45.6%, of course! Depending on how the given
information is structured, it may be easier to compute the
CMR as Total contribution margin/Total revenue.
Next compute the BEP in sales \$:
BEP in sales \$ ï€½
F ï€« 0 \$40,800
ï€½
ï€½ \$89,474*
0.456
CMR
* If you sum the number of units of each size pan required
at breakeven times its selling price you get \$89,400. The
extra \$74 in the answer above comes from rounding the
contribution margin ratio to three decimals.
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Slide # 25
Q4: Assumptions in CVP Analysis
CVP analysis assumes that costs and revenues are
linear within a relevant range of activity.
â€¢ Linear total revenues means that selling prices per unit
are constant and the sales mix does not change.
â€¢ Offering volume discounts to customers violates this assumption.
â€¢ Linear total costs means total fixed costs are constant
and variable costs per unit are constant.
â€¢ If volume discounts are received from suppliers, then
variable costs per unit are not constant.
â€¢ If worker productivity changes as activity levels change,
then variable costs per unit are not constant.
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Q4: Assumptions in CVP Analysis
â€¢ These assumptions may induce a small relevant
range.
â€¢ Results of CVP calculations must be checked to see if
they fall within the relevant range.
â€¢ Linear CVP analysis may be inappropriate if the
linearity assumptions hold only over small ranges
of activity.
â€¢ Nonlinear analysis techniques are available.
â€¢ For example, regression analysis, along with nonlinear
transformations of the data, can be used to estimate
nonlinear cost and revenue functions.
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Slide # 27
Q5: Margin of Safety
The margin of safety is a measure of how far past
the breakeven point a company is operating, or
plans to operate. It can be measured 3 ways.
margin of
safety in units
=
actual or estimated units of
activity â€“ BEP in units
margin of
safety in \$
=
actual or estimated sales \$
â€“ BEP in sales \$
margin of
safety
percentage
=
Margin of safety in units
Actual or estimated units
Margin of safety in \$
ï€½
Actual or estimated sales \$
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Slide # 28
Q5: Margin of Safety
Suppose that Billâ€™s Briefcases has budgeted next yearâ€™s sales at 5,000
units. Compute all three measures of the margin of safety for Bill.
Recall that P = \$200, V = \$80, F = \$360,000, the BEP in units = 3,000,
and the BEP in sales \$ = \$600,000.
margin of safety in units = 5,000 units â€“ 3,000 units = 2,000 units
margin of safety in \$ = \$200 x 5,000 – \$600,000 = \$400,000
margin of safety percentage =
2,000 units
\$400,000
=
= 40%
5,000 units
\$200 x 5,000
The margin of safety tells Bill how far sales can
decrease before profits go to zero.
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Q5: Degree of Operating Leverage
â€¢ The degree of operating leverage measures the
extent to which the cost function is comprised of
fixed costs.
â€¢ A high degree of operating leverage indicates a
high proportion of fixed costs.
â€¢ Businesses operating at a high degree of operating
leverage
â€¢ face higher risk of loss when sales decrease,
â€¢ but enjoy profits that rise more quickly when sales
increase.
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Q5: Degree of Operating Leverage
The degree of operating leverage can be computed
3 ways.
Contribution margin
Profit
degree of
operating
=
Fixed costs
+1
Profit
leverage
1
Margin of safety percentage
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Q5: Degree of Operating Leverage
Suppose that Billâ€™s Briefcases has budgeted next yearâ€™s sales at 5,000
units. Compute Billâ€™s degree of operating leverage. Recall that P =
\$200, V = \$80, F = \$360,000, and the margin of safety percentage at
5,000 units is 40%.
First, compute contribution margin and profit at 5,000 units:
Contribution margin = (\$200 – \$80) x 5,000 = \$600,000
Profit = \$600,000 – \$360,000 = \$240,000
Degree of operating leverage =
or, degree of operating leverage =
\$600,000
= 2.5
\$240,000
\$360,000
+ 1 = 2.5
\$240,000
or, degree of operating leverage =
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= 2.5
40%
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Q5: Using the Degree of Operating Leverage
â€¢ The degree of operating leverage shows the
sensitivity of profits to changes in sales.
â€¢ On the prior slide Billâ€™s degree of operating leverage
was 2.5 and profits were \$240,000.
â€¢ If expected sales were to increase to 6,000 units,
a 20% increase, then profits would increase by
2.5 x 20%, or 50%, to \$360,000.*
â€¢ If expected sales were to decrease to 4,500 units,
a 10% decrease, then profits would decrease by
2.5 x 10%, or 25%, to \$180,000.**
* \$240,000 x 1.5 = \$360,000
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Cost Management
Measuring, Monitoring, and Motivating Performance
Chapter 4
Relevant Information for Decision Making
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Slide # 1
Chapter 4: Relevant Costs for Nonroutine
Operating Decisions
Learning objectives
â€¢
â€¢
â€¢
â€¢
â€¢
â€¢
Q1: What is the process for identifying and using relevant
information in decision making?
Q2: How is relevant quantitative and qualitative information
used in special order decisions?
Q3: How is relevant quantitative and qualitative information
used in keep or drop decisions?
Q4: How is relevant quantitative and qualitative information used in
Q5: How is relevant quantitative and qualitative information used in
product emphasis and constrained resource decisions?
Q6: What factors affect the quality of operating decisions?
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Q1: Nonroutine Operating Decisions
â€¢ Routine operating decisions are those made on a
regular schedule. Examples include:
â€¢ annual budgets and resource allocation decisions
â€¢ monthly production planning
â€¢ weekly work scheduling issues
â€¢ Nonroutine operating decisions are not made on a
regular schedule. Examples include:
â€¢ accept or reject a customerâ€™s special order
â€¢ keep or drop business segments
â€¢ insource or outsource a business activity
â€¢ constrained (scarce) resource allocation issues
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Q1: Nonroutine Operating Decisions
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Q1: Process for Making Nonroutine
Operating Decisions
1. Identify the type of decision to be made.
2. Identify the relevant quantitative analysis
technique(s).
3. Identify and analyze the qualitative factors.
4. Perform quantitative and/or qualitative analyses
5. Prioritize issues and arrive at a decision.
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Q1: Identify the Type of Decision
â€¢
â€¢
Special order decisions
â€¢
determine the pricing
â€¢
accept or reject a customerâ€™s proposal for order quantity
and pricing
â€¢
identify if there is sufficient available capacity
Keep or drop business segment decisions
â€¢
â€¢
examples of business segments include product lines,
divisions, services, geographic regions, or other distinct
eliminating segments with operating losses will not
always improve profits
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Q1: Identify the Type of Decision
â€¢
â€¢
â€¢
Outsourcing decisions
â€¢
â€¢
perform business activities â€œin-houseâ€ or pay another
Constrained resource allocation decisions
â€¢
determine which products (or business segments)
should receive allocations of scarce resources
â€¢
examples include allocating scarce machine hours or
limited supplies of materials to products
Other decisions may use similar analyses
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Q1: Identify and Apply the Relevant
Quantitative Analysis Technique(s)
â€¢
â€¢
Regression, CVP, and linear programming are
examples of quantitative analysis techniques.
Analysis techniques require input data.
â€¢
Data for some input variables will be known and for
other input variables estimates will be required.
â€¢
Many nonroutine decisions have a general
decision rule to apply to the data.
â€¢
The results of the general rule need to be
interpreted.
â€¢
The quality of the information used must be considered
when interpreting the results of the general rule.
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Q2-Q5 : Identify and Analyze Qualitative Factors
â€¢
Qualitative information cannot easily be valued in
dollars.
â€¢
â€¢
â€¢
can be difficult to identify
can be every bit as important as the quantitative
information
Examples of qualitative information that may be
relevant in some nonroutine decisions include:
â€¢
quality of inputs available from a supplier
â€¢
effects of decision on regular customers
â€¢

effects of decision on employee morale
â€¢
effects of production on the environment or the
community
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Q1: Consider All Information and Make a Decision
â€¢
Before making a decision:
â€¢
Consider all quantitative and qualitative information.
â€¢ Judgment is required when interpreting the effects of
qualitative information.
â€¢
Consider the quality of the information.
â€¢ Judgment is also required when user lower-quality
information.
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Q2: Special Order Decisions
â€¢
â€¢
A new customer (or an existing customer) may
sometimes request a special order with a lower
selling price per unit.
The general rule for special order decisions is:
â€¢
â€¢
accept the order if incremental revenues exceed
incremental costs,
subject to qualitative considerations.
Price >=
â€¢
Relevant
Variable Costs +
Relevant
Fixed Costs +
Opportunity
Cost
If the special order replaces a portion of normal
operations, then the opportunity cost of accepting
the order must be included in incremental costs.
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Q2: Special Order Decisions
RobotBits, Inc. makes sensory input devices for robot manufacturers.
The normal selling price is \$38.00 per unit. RobotBits was approached
by a large robot manufacturer, U.S. Robots, Inc. USR wants to buy
8,000 units at \$24, and USR will pay the shipping costs. The per-unit
costs traceable to the product (based on normal capacity of 94,000
units) are listed below. Which costs are relevant to this decision?
yes\$6.20 Relevant?
Direct materials
yes 8.00 Relevant?
Direct labor
Variable mfg. overhead yes 5.80 Relevant?
no 3.50 Relevant?
yes
Shipping/handling
no 2.50 Relevant?
Fixed administrative costs no 0.88 Relevant?
no 0.36 Relevant?
Fixed selling costs
\$27.24
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\$20.00
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Q2: Special Order Decisions
Suppose that the capacity of RobotBits is 107,000 units and projected
sales to regular customers this year total 94,000 units. Does the
quantitative analysis suggest that the company should accept the
special order?
First determine if there is sufficient idle capacity to accept this
order without disrupting normal operations:
Projected sales to regular customers
Special order
94,000 units
8,000 units
102,000 units
RobotBits still has 5,000 units of idle capacity if the order is
accepted. Compare incremental revenue to incremental cost:
Incremental profit if accept special order =
(\$24 selling price – \$20 relevant costs) x 8,000 units = \$32,000
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Q2: Qualitative Factors in
Special Order Decisions
What qualitative issues, in general, might RobotBits consider before
finalizing its decision?
â€¢ Will USR expect the same selling price per unit on future
orders?
â€¢ Will other regular customers be upset if they discover the
lower selling price to one of their competitors?
â€¢ Will employee productivity change with the increase in
production?
â€¢ Given the increase in production, will the incremental costs
remain as predicted for this special order?
â€¢ Are materials available from its supplier to meet the increase
in production?
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Chapter 4: Relevant Costs for Nonroutine Operating Decisions
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Q2: Special Order Decisions and Capacity Issues
Suppose instead that the capacity of RobotBits is 100,000 units and
projected sales to regular customers this year totals 94,000 units.
Should the company accept the special order?
Here the company does not have enough idle
capacity to accept the order:
Projected sales to regular customers
Special order
94,000 units
8,000 units
102,000 units
If USR will not agree to a reduction of the order to 6,000
units, then the offer can only be accepted by denying sales
of 2,000 units to regular customers.
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Chapter 4: Relevant Costs for Nonroutine Operating Decisions
Eldenburg & Wolcottâ€™s Cost Management, 2e
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Q2: Special Order Decisions and Capacity Issues
Suppose instead that the capacity of RobotBits is 100,000 units and
projected sales to regular customers this year total 94,000 units. Does
the quantitative analysis suggest that the company should accept the
special order?
Direct materials
Direct labor
Shipping/handling
Fixed selling costs
\$6.20
8.00
5.80
3.50
2.50
0.88
0.36
\$27.24
Variable cost/unit for
regular sales = \$22.50.
CM/unit on regular sales
= \$38.00 – \$22.50 = \$15.50.
The opportunity cost of accepting this
order is the lost contribution margin
on 2,000 units of regular sales.
Incremental profit if accept special order =
\$32,000 incremental profit under idle capacity â€“ opportunity cost =
\$32,000 – \$15.50 x 2,000 = \$1,000
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Chapter 4: Relevant Costs for Nonroutine Operating Decisions
Eldenburg & Wolcottâ€™s Cost Management, 2e
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Q2: Qualitative Factors in
Special Order Decisions
What additional qualitative issues, in this case of a capacity constraint,
might RobotBits consider before finalizing its decision?
â€¢ What will be the effect on the regular customer(s) that do not
receive their order(s) of 2,000 units?
â€¢ What is the effect on the companyâ€™s reputation of leaving
orders from regular customers of 2,000 units unfilled?
â€¢ Will any of the projected costs change if the company
operates at 100% capacity?
â€¢ Are there any methods to increase capacity? What effects do
these methods have on employees and on the community?
â€¢ Notice that the small incremental profit of \$1,000 will probably
be outweighed by the qualitative considerations.
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Chapter 4: Relevant Costs for Nonroutine Operating Decisions
Eldenburg & Wolcottâ€™s Cost Management, 2e
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Q3: Keep or Drop Decisions
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Managers must determine whether to keep or
eliminate business segments that appear to be
unprofitable.
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The general rule for keep or drop decisions is:
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keep the business segment if its contribution margin
covers its avoidable fixed costs,
subject to qualitative considerations.