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CHAPTER 8

Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis
ANSWERS TO REVIEW QUESTIONS
8.1 The term unit contribution margin refers to the contribution that each unit of sales
makes toward covering fixed expenses and earning a profit. The unit contribution
margin is defined as the sales price minus the unit variable expense.
8-2

In addition to the break-even point, a CVP graph shows the impact on total expenses,
total revenue, and profit when sales volume changes. The graph shows the sales
volume required to earn a particular target net profit. The firm's profit and loss areas
are also indicated on a CVP graph.

8-3

a. In the contribution-margin approach, the break-even point in units is calculated
using the following formula:
Break-even point =

fixed expenses
unit contribution margin

b. In the equation approach, the following profit equation is used:

 unit sales volume 


×
 sales price in units 

fixed
unit
varia
ble
sales
volume

expenses = 0
 −
− 
×
in units 
 expense

This equation is solved for the sales volume in units.
c. In the graphical approach, sales revenue and total expenses are graphed. The
break-even point occurs at the intersection of the total revenue and total expense
lines.
8-4

The safety margin is the amount by which budgeted sales revenue exceeds breakeven sales revenue.

8-5

An increase in the fixed expenses of any enterprise will increase its break-even
point. In a travel agency, more clients must be served before the fixed expenses are
covered by the agency's service fees.

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8-6

A decrease in the variable expense per pound of oysters results in an increase in the
contribution margin per pound. This will reduce the company's break-even sales
volume.

8-7

The president is correct. A price increase results in a higher unit contribution
margin. An increase in the unit contribution margin causes the break-even point to
decline.
The financial vice president's reasoning is flawed. Even though the break-even
point will be lower, the price increase will not necessarily reduce the likelihood of a
loss. Customers will probably be less likely to buy the product at a higher price.
Thus, the firm may be less likely to meet the lower break-even point (at a high price)
than the higher break-even point (at a low price).

8-8

When the sales price and unit variable cost increase by the same amount, the unit
contribution margin remains unchanged. Therefore, the firm's break-even point
remains the same.

8-9

The fixed annual donation will offset some of the museum's fixed expenses. The
reduction in net fixed expenses will reduce the museum's break-even point.

8-10

A profit-volume graph shows the profit to be earned at each level of sales volume.

8-11

The most important assumptions of a cost-volume-profit analysis are as follows:
(a) The behavior of total revenue is linear (straight line) over the relevant range. This
behavior implies that the price of the product or service will not change as sales
volume varies within the relevant range.
(b) The behavior of total expenses is linear (straight line) over the relevant range.
This behavior implies the following more specific assumptions:
(1) Expenses can be categorized as fixed, variable, or semivariable.
(2) Efficiency and productivity are constant.
(c) In multiproduct organizations, the sales mix remains constant over the relevant
range.
(d) In manufacturing firms, the inventory levels at the beginning and end of the
period are the same.

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Operating managers frequently prefer the contribution income statement because it
separates fixed and variable costs. This format makes cost-volume-profit
relationships more readily discernible.

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The gross margin is defined as sales revenue minus all variable and fixed
manufacturing expenses. The total contribution margin is defined as sales revenue
minus all variable expenses, including manufacturing, selling, and administrative
expenses.

8-14

East Company, which is highly automated, will have a cost structure dominated by
fixed costs. West Company's cost structure will include a larger proportion of
variable costs than East Company's cost structure.
A firm's operating leverage factor, at a particular sales volume, is defined as its
total contribution margin divided by its net income. Since East Company has
proportionately higher fixed costs, it will have a proportionately higher total
contribution margin. Therefore, East Company's operating leverage factor will be
higher.

8-15

When sales volume increases, Company X will have a higher percentage increase in
profit than Company Y. Company X's higher proportion of fixed costs gives the firm
a higher operating leverage factor. The company's percentage increase in profit can
be found by multiplying the percentage increase in sales volume by the firm's
operating leverage factor.

8-16

The sales mix of a multiproduct organization is the relative proportion of sales of its
products.
The weighted-average unit contribution margin is the average of the unit
contribution margins for a firm's several products, with each product's contribution
margin weighted by the relative proportion of that product's sales.

8-17

The car rental agency's sales mix is the relative proportion of its rental business
associated with each of the three types of automobiles: subcompact, compact, and
full-size. In a multi-product CVP analysis, the sales mix is assumed to be constant
over the relevant range of activity.

8-18

Cost-volume-profit analysis shows the effect on profit of changes in expenses, sales
prices, and sales mix. A change in the hotel's room rate (price) will change the
hotel's unit contribution margin. This contribution-margin change will alter the
relationship between volume and profit.

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Budgeting begins with a sales forecast. Cost-volume-profit analysis can be used to
determine the profit that will be achieved at the budgeted sales volume. A CVP
analysis also shows how profit will change if the sales volume deviates from
budgeted sales.
Cost-volume-profit analysis can be used to show the effect on profit when
variable or fixed expenses change. The effect on profit of changes in variable or
fixed advertising expenses is one factor that management would consider in making
a decision about advertising.

8.20

The low-price company must have a larger sales volume than the high-price
company. By spreading its fixed expense across a larger sales volume, the low-price
firm can afford to charge a lower price and still earn the same profit as the high-price
company. Suppose, for example, that companies A and B have the following
expenses, sales prices, sales volumes, and profits.

Company A
Sales revenue:
350 units at $10..............................................
100 units at $20..............................................
Variable expenses:
350 units at $6................................................
100 units at $6................................................
Contribution margin.............................................
Fixed expenses....................................................
Profit.....................................................................

Company B

$3,500
$2,000
2,100
$1,400
1,000
$ 400

600
$1,400
1,000
$ 400

8-21

The statement makes three assertions, but only two of them are true. Thus the
statement is false. A company with an advanced manufacturing environment
typically will have a larger proportion of fixed costs in its cost structure. This will
result in a higher break-even point and greater operating leverage. However, the
firm's higher break-even point will result in a reduced safety margin.

8-22

Activity-based costing (ABC) results in a richer description of an organization's cost
behavior and CVP relationships. Costs that are fixed with respect to sales volume
may not be fixed with respect to other important cost drivers. An ABC system
recognizes these nonvolume cost drivers, whereas a traditional costing system does
not.

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SOLUTIONS TO EXERCISES
EXERCISE 8-23 (25 MINUTES)

1
2
3
4

Sales
Revenue
$160,000a
80,000
120,000
110,000

Variable
Expenses
$40,000
65,000
40,000
22,000

Total
Contribution
Margin
$120,000
15,000
80,000
88,000

Fixed
Expenses
$30,000
15,000b
30,000
50,000

Net
Income
$90,000
-050,000
38,000

Break-even
Sales
Revenue
$40,000
80,000
45,000c
62,500d

Explanatory notes for selected items:
a

Break-even sales revenue...............................................................................
Fixed expenses................................................................................................
Variable expenses............................................................................................

$40,000
30,000
$10,000

Therefore, variable expenses are 25 percent of sales revenue.
When variable expenses amount to $40,000, sales revenue is $160,000.
b

$80,000 is the break-even sales revenue, so fixed expenses must be equal to the
contribution margin of $15,000 and profit must be zero.
$45,000 = $30,000 ÷ (2/3), where 2/3 is the contribution-margin ratio.

c

d

$62,500 = $50,000/.80, where .80 is the contribution-margin ratio.

EXERCISE 8-24 (20 MINUTES)
1.

2.

fixed expenses

Break-even point (in units) = unit contribution margin

Contribution-margin ratio

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$40,000
= 8,000 pizzas
$10 − $5

=

unit contribution margin
unit sales price

=

$10 − $5
= .5
$10

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EXERCISE 8-24 (CONTINUED)
3.

fixed expenses

Break-even point (in sales dollars)

= contribution-margin ratio
=

4.

$40,000
= $80,000
.5

Let X denote the sales volume of pizzas required to earn a target net profit of
$65,000.
$10X – $5X – $40,000 = $65,000
$5X = $105,000
X = 21,000 pizzas

EXERCISE 8-25 (25 MINUTES)
1.

Break-even point (in units)

fixed costs

= unit contribution margin
=

4,000,000 p
3,000 p −2,000 p

= 4,000 components

p denotes Argentina’s peso, worth 1.004 U.S. dollars on the day this exercise was
written.
2.

3.

New break-even point (in units)

=

(4,000,000 p ) (1.10)
3,000 p − 2,000 p

=

4,400,000 p
= 4,400 components
1,000 p

Sales revenue (5,000 × 3,000p)
................................................. 15,000,000p
Variable costs (5,000 × 2,000p)........................................................ 10,000,000p
Contribution margin......................................................................... 5,000,000p
Fixed costs........................................................................................   4,000,000p
Net income........................................................................................ 1,000,000p

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EXERCISE 8-25 (CONTINUED)
4.

4,000,000 p

New break-even point (in units) = 2,500 p −2,000p
= 8,000 components

5.

Analysis of price change decision:
Price
3,000p
15,000,000p
Sales revenue: (5,000 × 3,000p).................................
(6,200 × 2,500p).................................
10,000,000p
Variable costs: (5,000 × 2,000p).................................
(6,200 × 2,000p).................................
5,000,000p
Contribution margin....................................................
4,000,000p
Fixed expenses ............................................................
1,000,000p
Net income (loss).........................................................

2,500p
15,500,000p
12,400,000p
3,100,000p
4,000,000p
(900,000p)

The price cut should not be made, since projected net income will decline.

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EXERCISE 8-26 (25 MINUTES)
1.

Cost-volume-profit graph:

Dollars per year
Total revenue

$300,000

Total expenses

Break-even point:
20,000 tickets

$250,000

Profit
area
Variable
expense
(at 30,000
tickets)

$200,000

$150,000
Loss area
$100,000

Annual fixed
expenses

$50,000

5,000

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10,000

15,000

20,000

25,000

30,000

Tickets sold
per year

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EXERCISE 8-26 (CONTINUED)
2.

Stadium capacity................................................
Attendance rate...................................................
Attendance per game.........................................

10,000
× 50%
5,000

Break-even point (tickets) 20,000
=
=4
Attendance per game
5,000

The team must play 4 games to break even.

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EXERCISE 8-27 (25 MINUTES)
1.

Profit-volume graph:

Dollars per year
$150,000

$100,000

$50,000
Break-even point:
20,000 tickets
0

$(50,000)

5,000

10,000

15,000

Profit area

20,000

25,000

Tickets sold
per year

Loss
area

$(100,000)
Annual fixed
expenses
$(150,000)
$(180,000)

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EXERCISE 8-27 (CONTINUED)
2.

Safety margin:
Budgeted sales revenue
(12 games × 10,000 seats × .30 full × $10).............................................
Break-even sales revenue
(20,000 tickets × $10)...............................................................................
Safety margin.................................................................................................

3.

$360,000
200,000
$160,000

Let P denote the break-even ticket price, assuming a 12-game season and 50 percent
attendance:
(12)(10,000)(.50)P – (12)(10,000)(.50)($1) – $180,000 = 0
60,000P
P

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= $240,000
= $4 per ticket

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EXERCISE 8-28 (25 MINUTES)
1.

(a) Traditional income statement:
EUROPA PUBLICATIONS, INC.
INCOME STATEMENT
FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 20XX
Sales .........................................................................
Less: Cost of goods sold.........................................
Gross margin...............................................................
Less: Operating expenses:
Selling expenses............................................
Administrative expenses...............................
Net income...................................................................

$2,000,000
1,500,000
$ 500,000
$150,000
150,000

300,000
$ 200,000

(b) Contribution income statement:
EUROPA PUBLICATIONS, INC.
INCOME STATEMENT
FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 20SXX
Sales .........................................................................
Less: Variable expenses:
Variable manufacturing..................................
Variable selling...............................................
Variable administrative..................................
Contribution margin....................................................
Less: Fixed expenses:
Fixed manufacturing......................................
Fixed selling...................................................
Fixed administrative.......................................
Net income...................................................................
2.

Operating leverage factor (at $2,000,000 sales level) =
=

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$2,000,000
$1,000,000
100,000
30,000
$ 500,000
50,000
120,000

1,130,000
$ 870,000

670,000
$ 200,000

contribution margin
net income
$870,000
=4.35
$200,000

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EXERCISE 8-28 (CONTINUED)
3.

 percentage increase  operating 
Percentage increase in et income =   ×  
i nsalesrev nue   lev ragefactor
= 10% × 4.35
= 43.5%

4.

Most operating managers prefer the contribution income statement for answering this
type of question. The contribution format highlights the contribution margin and
separates fixed and variable expenses.

EXERCISE 8-29 (30 MINUTES)
1.
Bicycle Type
High-quality
Medium-quality
2.

Sales
Price
$500
300

Unit
Variable Cost
$300 ($275 + $25)
150 ($135 + $15)

Unit
Contribution Margin
$200
150

Sales mix:
High-quality bicycles........................................................................................
Medium-quality bicycles...................................................................................

3.

Weighted-average unit
contribution margin

25%
75%

= ($200 × 25%) + ($150 × 75%)
= $162.50

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4.

fixed expenses
weighted-average unit contribution margin
$65,000
=
= 400 bicycles
$162.50

Break -even point (in units) =

Bicycle Type
High-quality bicycles
Medium-quality bicycles
Total

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Break-Even
Sales Volume
100 (400 × .25)
300 (400 × .75)

Sales Price
$500  
300

Sales
Revenue
$ 50,000
90,000
$140,000

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EXERCISE 8-29 (CONTINUED)
5.

Target net income:
$65,000 + $48,750
$162.50
= 700 bicycles

Sales volume required to earn target net income of $48,750 =

This means that the shop will need to sell the following volume of each type of
bicycle to earn the target net income:
High-quality...........................................................................
Medium-quality.....................................................................

175 (700 × .25)
525 (700 × .75)

EXERCISE 8-30 (30 MINUTES)
Answers will vary on this question, depending on the airline selected as well as the year of
the inquiry. In a typical year, most airlines report a breakeven load factor of around 65
percent.
EXERCISE 8-31 (25 MINUTES)
1.

The following income statement, often called a common-size income statement,
provides a convenient way to show the cost structure.

Revenue..............................................................
Variable expenses..............................................
Contribution margin...........................................
Fixed expenses...................................................
Net income..........................................................

Amount
$500,000
300,000
$200,000
150,000
$ 50,000

Percent
100
60
40
30
10

2.
Decrease in
Revenue
$75,000*

×

Contribution Margin
Percentage
40%†

=

Decrease in
Net Income
$30,000

*$75,000 = $500,000 × 15%

40% = $200,000/$500,000

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EXERCISE 8-31 (CONTINUED)
3.

Operating leverage factor (at revenue of $500,000) =
=

4.

contribution margin
net income
$200,000
=4
$50,000

 percentageincrease  operatingleverage
Percentagechangein etincome=   ×  
 inrevenue   factor 
  
= 20%× 4
= 80%

EXERCISE 8-32 (10 MINUTES)
Revenue.......................................................
Less: Variable expenses...........................
Contribution margin....................................
Less: Fixed expenses................................
Net Income (loss)........................................

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Requirement (1)
$600,000
360,000
$240,000
210,000
$ 30,000

Requirement (2)
$ 500,000
600,000
$ (100,000)
125,000
$ (225,000)

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EXERCISE 8-33 (20 MINUTES)
fixed expenses
contribution margin ratio
$120,000
=
= $600,000
.20

1.

Break-even volume of service revenue =

2.

Target before-tax income =
=

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target after-tax net income
1 − tax rate
$48,000
=$80,000
1 −.40

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EXERCISE 8-33 (CONTINUED)
target after-tax net income
(1 − t )
=
contribution margin ratio
$48,000
$120,000 +
1 − .40 = $1,000,000
=
.20
fixed expenses +

3.

Service revenue required to earn
target after-tax income of $48,000

4.

A change in the tax rate will have no effect on the firm's break-even point. At the breakeven point, the firm has no profit and does not have to pay any income taxes.

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SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS
PROBLEM 8-34 (30 MINUTES)
1.

Break-even point in units, using the equation approach:
$16X – ($10 + $2)X – $600,000 = 0
$4X = $600,000
X =

$600,000
$4

= 150,000 units
2.

New projected sales volume = 200,000 × 110%
= 220,000 units
Net income = (220,000)($16 – $12) – $600,000
= (220,000)($4) – $600,000
= $880,000 – $600,000 = $280,000

3.

Target net income = $200,000 (from original problem data)
New disk purchase price = $10 × 130% = $13
Volume of sales dollars required:
Volume of sales dollars required

=
=

fixed expenses +target net profit
contribution-margin ratio
$600,000 +$200,000
$16 −$13 −$2
$16

$800,000
=
.0625

= $12,800,000

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PROBLEM 8-34 (CONTINUED)
4.

Let P denote the selling price that will yield the same contribution-margin ratio:
$16 −
$10 −
$2
P −
$13 −
$2
=
$16
P
P −
$15
.25 =
P
.25 P =P −
$15
$15 =.75 P
P =$15/.75
P =$20

Check: New contribution-margin ratio is:
$20 −$15
=.25
$20

PROBLEM 8-35 (30 MINUTES)
1.

Break-even point in sales dollars, using the contribution-margin ratio:
fixed expenses
contribution-margin ratio
$180,000 + $72,000 $252,000
=
=
$20 − $8 − $4
.4
$20
= $630,000

Break-even point =

2.

Target net income, using contribution-margin approach:
fixed expenses + target net income
unit contribution margin
$252,000 + $180,000 $432,000
=
=
$20 − $8 − $4
$8
= 54,000 units

Sales units required to earn income of $180,000 =

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PROBLEM 8-35 (CONTINUED)
3.

New unit variable manufacturing cost

= $8 × 110%
= $8.80

Break-even point in sales dollars:
$252,000
$252,000
=
$20.00 −$8.80 −$4.00
.36
$20
=$700,000

Break - even point =

4.

Let P denote the selling price that will yield the same contribution-margin ratio:
$20.00 −
$8.00 −
$4.00
P −
$8.80 −
$4.00
=
$20.00
P
P −
$12.80
.4 =
P
.4P =P −
$12.80
$12.80 =.6 P
P =$12.80/.6
P =$21.33 (rounded)

Check: New contribution-margin ratio is:
$21.33 −$8.80 −$4.00
=.4 (rounded)
$21.33

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PROBLEM 8-36 (30 MINUTES)
1.

Unit contribution margin:
Sales price…………………………………
Less variable costs:
Sales commissions ($64 x 5%)…… $ 3.20
System variable costs………………
16.00
Unit contribution margin………………..

$64.00
19.20
$44.80

Break-even point = fixed costs ÷ unit contribution margin
= $985,600 ÷ $44.80
= 22,000 units
2.

Model no. 4399 is more profitable when sales and production average 46,000 units.

Sales revenue (46,000 units x $64.00)……...
Less variable costs:
Sales commissions ($2,944,000 x 5%)…
System variable costs:……………………
46,000 units x $16.00………………….
46,000 units x $12.80………………….
Total variable costs………………………..
Contribution margin…………………………...
Less: Annual fixed costs……………………..
Net income………………………………………
3.

Model
No. 6754

Model
No. 4399

$2,944,000

$2,944,000

$ 147,200

$ 147,200

736,000
$ 883,200
$2,060,800
985,600
$1,075,200

588,800
$ 736,000
$2,208,000
1,113,600
$1,094,400

Annual fixed costs will increase by $90,000 ($450,000 ÷ 5 years) because of straightline depreciation associated with the new equipment, to $1,203,600 ($1,113,600 +
$90,000). The unit contribution margin is $48 ($2,208,000 ÷ 46,000 units). Thus:
Required sales = (fixed costs + target net profit) ÷ unit contribution margin
= ($1,203,600 + $956,400) ÷ $48
= 45,000 units

4.

Let X = volume level at which annual total costs are equal
$16.00X + $985,600 = $12.80X + $1,113,600
$3.20X = $128,000
X = 40,000 units

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PROBLEM 8-37 (35 MINUTES)
1.

Current income:
Sales revenue………………………...
Less: Variable costs………………… $ 840,000
Fixed costs……………………. 2,280,000
Net income…………………………….

$3,360,000
3,120,000
$ 240,000

Advanced Electronics has a contribution margin of $60 [($3,360,000 - $840,000) ÷
42,000 sets] and desires to increase income to $480,000 ($240,000 x 2). In addition,
the current selling price is $80 ($3,360,000 ÷ 42,000 sets). Thus:
Required sales = (fixed costs + target net profit) ÷ unit contribution margin
= ($2,280,000 + $480,000) ÷ $60
= 46,000 sets, or $3,680,000 (46,000 sets x $80)
2.

If operations are shifted to Mexico, the new unit contribution margin will be $62 ($80 $18). Thus:
Break-even point = fixed costs ÷ unit contribution margin
= $1,984,000 ÷ $62
= 32,000 units

3.

(a)
Advanced Electronics desires to have a 32,000-unit break-even point with a
$60 unit contribution margin. Fixed cost must therefore drop by $360,000
($2,280,000 - $1,920,000), as follows:
Let X = fixed costs
X ÷ $60 = 32,000 units
X = $1,920,000
(b)

As the following calculations show, Advanced Electronics will have to
generate a contribution margin of $71.25 to produce a 32,000-unit break-even
point. Based on an $80.00 selling price, this means that the company can
incur variable costs of only $8.75 per unit. Given the current variable cost of
$20.00 ($80.00 - $60.00), a decrease of $11.25 per unit ($20.00 - $8.75) is
needed.
Let X = unit contribution margin
$2,280,000 ÷ X = 32,000 units
X = $71.25

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4.

(a)

Increase

(b)

No effect

(c)

Increase

(d)

No effect

PROBLEM 8-38 (40 MINUTES)
1.

Sales mix refers to the relative proportion of each product sold when a company
sells more than one product.

2.

(a)

Yes. Plan A sales are expected to total 65,000 units (45,500 + 19,500), which
compares favorably against current sales of 60,000 units.

(b)

Yes. Sales personnel earn a commission based on gross dollar sales. As the
following figures show, Deluxe sales will comprise a greater proportion of
total sales under Plan A. This is not surprising in light of the fact that Deluxe
has a higher selling price than Basic ($86 vs. $74).
Current
Units

Sales
Mix

Deluxe……... 39,000 65%
Basic………. 21,000 35%
Total
60,000 100%
(c)

Plan A
Units

Sales
Mix

45,500 70%
19,500 30%
65,000 100%

Yes. Commissions will total $535,600 ($5,356,000 x 10%), which compares
favorably against the current flat salaries of $400,000.
Deluxe sales: 45,500 units x $86… $3,913,000
Basic sales: 19,500 units x $74….. 1,443,000
Total………………………………. $5,356,000

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PROBLEM 8-38 (CONTINUED)
(d)

No. The company would be less profitable under the new plan.
Sales revenue:
Deluxe: 39,000 units x $86; 45,500 units x $86…
Basic: 21,000 units x $74; 19,500 units x $74…..
Total revenue…………………………………….
Less variable cost:
Deluxe: 39,000 units x $65; 45,500 units x $65…
Basic: 21,000 units x $41; 19,500 units x $41…..
Sales commissions (10% of sales revenue)…….
Total variable cost………………………………
Contribution margin……………………………………..
Less fixed cost (salaries)……………………………….
Net income………………………………………………...

3.

(a)

Plan A

$3,354,000
1,554,000
$4,908,000

$3,913,000
1,443,000
$5,356,000

$2,535,000
861,000

$2,957,500
799,500
535,600
$4,292,600
$1,063,400
---$1,063,400

$3,396,000
$1,512,000
400,000
$1,112,000

The total units sold under both plans are the same; however, the sales mix
has shifted under Plan B in favor of the more profitable product as judged by
the contribution margin. Deluxe has a contribution margin of $21 ($86 - $65),
and Basic has a contribution margin of $33 ($74 - $41).
Plan A
Units

Sales
Mix

Deluxe……... 45,500 70%
Basic………. 19,500 30%
Total…… 65,000 100%

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Current

Plan B
Units

Sales
Mix

26,000 40%
39,000 60%
65,000 100%

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(b)

Plan B is more attractive both to the sales force and to the company.
Salespeople earn more money under this arrangement ($549,900 vs. $400,000)
and the company is more profitable ($1,283,100 vs. $1,112,000).
Sales revenue:
Deluxe: 39,000 units x $86; 26,000 units x $86…
Basic: 21,000 units x $74; 39,000 units x $74…..
Total revenue…………………………………….
Less variable cost:
Deluxe: 39,000 units x $65; 26,000 units x $65…
Basic: 21,000 units x $41; 39,000 units x $41…..
Total variable cost………………………………
Contribution margin……………………………………..
Less: Sales force compensation:
Flat salaries…………………………………………...
Commissions ($1,833,000 x 30%)…………………
Net income ………………………………………………..

Current

Plan B

$3,354,000
1,554,000
$4,908,000

$2,236,000
2,886,000
$5,122,000

$2,535,000
861,000
$3,396,000
$1,512,000

$1,690,000
1,599,000
$3,289,000
$1,833,000

400,000
$1,112,000

549,900
$1,283,100

PROBLEM 8-39 (35 MINUTES)
1.

Plan A break-even point = fixed costs ÷ unit contribution margin
= $22,000 ÷ $22*
= 1,000 units
Plan B break-even point = fixed costs ÷ unit contribution margin
= $66,000 ÷ $30**
= 2,200 units
* $80 - [($80 x 10%) + $50]
** $80 - $50

2.

Operating leverage refers to the use of fixed costs in an organization’s overall cost
structure. An organization that has a relatively high proportion of fixed costs and
low proportion of variable costs has a high degree of operating leverage.

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PROBLEM 8-39 (CONTINUED)
3.

Calculation of contribution margin and profit at 6,000 units of sales:

Sales revenue: 6,000 units x $80……………….
Less variable costs:
Cost of purchasing product:
6,000 units x $50…………………….……
Sales commissions: $480,000 x 10%……...
Total variable cost………………………..
Contribution margin………………………………
Fixed costs………………………………………….
Net income………………………………………….

Plan A

Plan B

$480,000

$480,000

$300,000
48,000
$348,000
$132,000
22,000
$110,000

$300,000
---$300,000
$180,000
66,000
$114,000

Operating leverage factor = contribution margin ÷ net income
Plan A: $132,000 ÷ $110,000 = 1.2
Plan B: $180,000 ÷ $114,000 = 1.58 (rounded)
Plan B has the higher degree of operating leverage.
4 & 5. Calculation of profit at 5,000 units:
Sales revenue: 5,000 units x $80……………….
Less variable costs:
Cost of purchasing product:
5,000 units x $50…………………………..
Sales commissions: $400,000 x 10%……...
Total variable cost………………………..
Contribution margin………………………………
Fixed costs…………………………………………
Net income………………………………………….

Plan A

Plan B

$400,000

$400,000

$250,000
40,000
$290,000
$110,000
22,000
$ 88,000

$250,000
---$250,000
$150,000
66,000
$ 84,000

Plan A profitability decrease:
$110,000 - $88,000 = $22,000; $22,000 ÷ $110,000 = 20%
Plan B profitability decrease:
$114,000 - $84,000 = $30,000; $30,000 ÷ $114,000 = 26.3% (rounded)

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PROBLEM 8-39 (CONTINUED)
Consolidated would experience a larger percentage decrease in income if it adopts
Plan B. This situation arises because Plan B has a higher degree of operating
leverage. Stated differently, Plan B’s cost structure produces a greater percentage
decline in profitability from the drop-off in sales revenue.
Note: The percentage decreases in profitability can be computed by multiplying the
percentage decrease in sales revenue by the operating leverage factor. Sales
dropped from 6,000 units to 5,000 units, or 16.67%. Thus:
Plan A: 16.67% x 1.2 = 20.0%
Plan B: 16.67% x 1.58 = 26.3% (rounded)
6.

Heavily automated manufacturers have sizable investments in plant and equipment,
along with a high percentage of fixed costs in their cost structures. As a result,
there is a high degree of operating leverage.
In a severe economic downturn, these firms typically suffer a significant
decrease in profitability. Such firms would be a more risky investment when
compared with firms that have a low degree of operating leverage. Of course, when
times are good, increases in sales would tend to have a very favorable effect on
earnings in a company with high operating leverage.

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PROBLEM 8-40 (30 MINUTES)
fixed costs
unit contribution margin
$468,000
=
= 90,000 units
$25.00 − $19.80

1.

Break-even point (in units) =

2.

Break -even point (in sales dollars) =

fixed cost
contribution-margin ratio
$468,000
$25.00 − $19.80
$25.00

=

3.

4.

Number of sales units required to
earn target net profit

=

= $2,250,000

fixed costs +target net profit
unit contribution margin

$468,000 +$260,000
=
=140,000 units
$25.00 −$19.80

Margin of safety = budgeted sales revenue – break-even sales revenue
= (120,000)($25) – $2,250,000 = $750,000

5.

Break-even point if direct-labor costs increase by 8 percent:
New unit contribution margin

= $25.00 – $10.50 – ($5.00)(1.08) – $3.00 – $1.30
= $4.80
fixed costs

Break-even point = new unit contribution margin
=

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PROBLEM 8-40 (CONTINUED)
6.

Contribution margin ratio

=

unit contribution margin
sales price

$25.00 −$19.80
$25.00
=.208

Old contribution-margin ratio =

Let P denote sales price required to maintain a contribution-margin ratio of .208. Then
P is determined as follows:
P − $10.50 − ($5.00)(1.08) − $3.00 − $1.30
= .208
P
P − $20.20 = .208P
.792P = $20.20
P = $25.51 (rounded)

Check:

New contributionmargin ratio

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$25.51
=.208 (rounded)
=

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PROBLEM 8-41 (40 MINUTES)
1. CVP graph:

Total revenue
Dollars per year
(in millions)
10
9
8
7

Profit
area

Break-even point:
80,000 units or
$4,000,000 of sales

Total expenses

6
5
4
3

Loss
2 area

Fixed expenses

1
50

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100

150

200

Units sold per year
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PROBLEM 8-41 (CONTINUED)
2.

Break-even point:
contribution margin $6,000,000
=
=.75
sales
$8,000,000
fixed expenses
$3,000,000
Break -even point =
=
contribution-margin ratio
.75
=$4,000,000

Contribution-margin ratio =

3.

Margin of safety = budgeted sales revenue – break-even sales revenue
= $8,000,000 – $4,000,000 = $4,000,000
contribution margin (at budgeted sales)
net income (at budgeted sales)
$6,000,000
=
=2
$3,000,000

4.

Operating leverage factor
(at budgeted sales)

=

5.

Dollar sales required to
earn target net profit

=

6.

fixed expenses + target net profit
contribution-margin ratio
$3,000,000 + $4,500,000
=
= $10,000,000
.75

Cost structure:
Sales revenue.......................................................
Variable expenses................................................
Contribution margin.............................................
Fixed expenses....................................................
Net income............................................................

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Amount
$8,000,000
2,000,000
$6,000,000
3,000,000
$3,000,000

Percent
100.0
25.0
75.0
37.5
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PROBLEM 8-42 (35 MINUTES)
1.

(a)

Unit contribution margin

sales −
variable c
=
units sold

$1,000,000 −
$70
=
100,000
Break -even point (in units)

fixed costs
=
unit contribution m
$210,000
=
$3

=
70,00

contribution m
Contribution-margin ratio =
sales reven

(b)

$1,000,000 −
$
=
$1,000,00

fixed c
Break -even point (in sales dollars) =
contribution-m

$210,000
=
=
$7
.3

2.

Number of units of sales required
to earn target after-tax net income

target after-tax net income
(1 − t )
unit contribution margin

fixed costs +
=

$210,000 +
=

$90,000
(1 − .4)

$3

=

$360,000
$3

= 120,000 units

3.

If fixed costs increase by $31,500:
Break-even point (in units) =

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= 80,500 units
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4. Profit-volume graph:

Dollars per year
$750,000

$500,000

$250,000

0

Break-even point:
70,000 units

Loss 25,000
area

50,000


75,000

Profit
area

100,000

Units sold per
year

$(250,000)

$(500,000)

$(750,000)

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PROBLEM 8-42 (CONTINUED)
5.

Number of units of sales
required to earn target
after-tax net income

target after - tax net income
(1 −t )
unit contribution margin

fixed costs +
=

$210,000 +
=

$90,000
(1 −.5)

$3

=

$390,000
$3

= 130,000 units

PROBLEM 8-43 (40 MINUTES)
1.

In order to break even, during the first year of operations, 10,220 clients must visit the
law office being considered by Terry Smith and his colleagues, as the following
calculations show.
Fixed expenses:
Advertising...............................................................................
$ 490,000
Rent (6,000 × $28)....................................................................
168,000
Property insurance..................................................................
27,000
Utilities .....................................................................................
37,000
Malpractice insurance.............................................................
180,000
Depreciation ($60,000/4)..........................................................
15,000
Wages and fringe benefits:
Regular wages
($25 + $20 + $15 + $10) × 16 hours × 360 days......... $403,200
Overtime wages
(200 × $15 × 1.5) + (200 × $10 × 1.5)..........................
7,500
Total wages............................................................ $410,700
Fringe benefits at 40%....................................................... 164,280
574,980
Total fixed expenses......................................................................
$1,491,980

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PROBLEM 8-43 (CONTINUED)
Break-even point:
0 = revenue – variable cost – fixed cost
0 = $30X + ($2,000 × .2X × .3)* – $4X – $1,491,980
0 = $30X + $120X – $4X – $1,491,980
$146X = $1,491,980
X = 10,220 clients (rounded)
*Revenue calculation:
$30X represents the $30 consultation fee per client. ($2,000 × .2X × .30) represents
the predicted average settlement of $2,000, multiplied by the 20% of the clients
whose judgments are expected to be favorable, multiplied by the 30% of the
judgment that goes to the firm.
2.

Safety margin:
Safety margin = budgeted sales revenue − break-even sales revenue
Budgeted (expected) number of clients = 50 × 360 = 18,000
Break-even number of clients = 10,220 (rounded)
Safety margin = [($30 × 18,000) + ($2,000 × 18,000 × .20 × .30)]
– [($30 × 10,220) + ($2,000 × 10,220 × .20 × .30)]
= [$30 + ($2,000 × .20 × .30)] × (18,000 – 10,220)
= $150 × 7,780
= $1,167,000

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PROBLEM 8-44 (45 MINUTES)
1.

Break-even point in units:
Break -even point =

fixed costs
unit contribution margin

Calculation of contribution margins:

Selling price......................................
Variable costs:
Direct material..............................
Direct labor...................................
Variable overhead........................
Variable selling cost.....................
Contribution margin per unit
(a)

Computer-Assisted
Manufacturing System
$30.00
$5.00
6.00
3.00
2.00

16.00
$14.00

Labor-Intensive
Production System
$30.00
$5.60
7.20
4.80
2.00

19.60
$10.40

Computer-assisted manufacturing system:
$2,440,000 + $500,000
$14
$2,940,000
=
$14
= 210,000 units

Break-even point in units =

(b)

Labor-intensive production system:
$1,320,000 +$500,000
$10.40
$1,820,000
=
$10.40
=175,000 units

Break -even point in units =

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PROBLEM 8-44 (CONTINUED)
2.

Celestial Products, Inc. would be indifferent between the two manufacturing
methods at the volume (X) where total costs are equal.
$16X + $2,940,000 = $19.60X + $1,820,000
$3.60X = $1,120,000
X = 311,111 units (rounded)

3.

Operating leverage is the extent to which a firm's operations employ fixed operating
costs. The greater the proportion of fixed costs used to produce a product, the
greater the degree of operating leverage. Thus, the computer-assisted
manufacturing method utilizes a greater degree of operating leverage.
The greater the degree of operating leverage, the greater the change in
operating income (loss) relative to a small fluctuation in sales volume. Thus, there
is a higher degree of variability in operating income if operating leverage is high.

4.

Management should employ the computer-assisted manufacturing method if annual
sales are expected to exceed 311,111 units and the labor-intensive manufacturing
method if annual sales are not expected to exceed 311,111 units.

5.

Celestial Products’ management should consider many other business factors
other than operating leverage before selecting a manufacturing method. Among
these are:

• Variability or uncertainty with respect to demand quantity and selling price.
• The ability to produce and market the new product quickly.
• The ability to discontinue production and marketing of the new product while
incurring the least amount of loss.

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PROBLEM 8-45 (45 MINUTES)
1.

Break-even sales volume for each model:
Break -even volume =

(a)

(b)

(c)

annual rental cost
unit contribution margin

Economy model:
Break-even volume =

$8,000
= 25,000 tubs
$1.75 −$1.43

Break-even volume =

$11,000
= 27,500 tubs
$1.75 −$1.35

Break-even volume =

$20,000
= 40,816 tubs (rounded)
$1.75 −$1.26

Regular model:

Super model:

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PROBLEM 8-45 (CONTINUED)
2. Profit-volume graph:

Dollars per year (in
thousands)

Profit

$20

$10
Break-even point:
40,816 tubs
0

10

20

30

Profit area

40

50

Units sold
per year
(in thousands)

Loss

Loss
area
($10)

($20)

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PROBLEM 8-45 (CONTINUED)
3.

The sales price per tub is the same regardless of the type of machine selected.
Therefore, the same profit (or loss) will be achieved with the Economy and Regular
models at the sales volume, X, where the total costs are the same.
Model
Economy....................................................
Regular.......................................................

Variable Cost
per Tub
$1.43
1.35

Total
Fixed Cost
$ 8,000
11,000

This reasoning leads to the following equation:

8,000 + 1.43X = 11,000 + 1.35X

Rearranging terms yields the following:

(1.43 – 1.35)X = 11,000 – 8,000
.08X = 3,000
X = 3,000/.08
X = 37,500

Or, stated slightly differently:
Volume at which both machines
produce the same profit

fixed cost differential
variable cost differential
$3,000
=
$.08
= 37,500 tubs
=

Check: the total cost is the same with either model if 37,500 tubs are sold.
Economy
Variable cost:
Economy, 37,500 × $1.43..........................
Regular, 37,500 × $1.35.............................
Fixed cost:
Economy, $8,000........................................
Regular, $11,000........................................
Total cost.........................................................

Regular

$53,625
$50,625
8,000
$61,625

11,000
$61,625

Since the sales price for popcorn does not depend on the popper model, the sales
revenue will be the same under either alternative.

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PROBLEM 8-46 (35 MINUTES)

$625,000 −
Unit contribution margin =
25,000 u

1.

=
$10 per unit

fixed
Break -even point (in units) =
unit contrib
$150,000
=
$10

2.

3.

Number of sales units required
to earn target net profit

New break-even point (in units) =
=

=

fixed costs + target net profit
unit contribution margin

=

$150,000 +$140,000
=29,000 units
$10

new fixed costs
new unit contribution margin
$150,000 + ($18,000/6)*
= 19,125 units
$10 − $2 †

*Annual straight-line depreciation on new machine

$2.00 = $4.50 – $2.50 increase in the unit cost of the new part

4.

Number of sales units required
to earn target net profit, given
manufacturing changes

=

new fixed costs +target net profit
new unit contribution margin

=

$153,000 +$100,000*
$8

= 31,625 units

*Last year's profit: ($25)(25,000) – $525,000 = $100,000

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=

PROBLEM 8-46 (CONTINUED)
unit contribution margin
sales price
$10
Old contribution-margin ratio =
= .40
$25 *
Contribution-margin ratio =

5.

*Sales price = $25 = $625,000 ÷ 25,000 units.
Let P denote the price required to cover increased direct-material cost and maintain
the same contribution margin ratio:
P − $15 * − $2 †
= .40
P
P − $17 = .40P
.60P = $17
P = $28.33 (rounded)

*Old unit variable cost = $15 = $375,000 ÷ 25,000 units

Increase in direct-material cost = $2

Check:
$28.33 −$15 −$2
$28.33
= .40 (rounded)

New contribution-margin ratio =

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PROBLEM 8-47 (40 MINUTES)
1.

Memorandum

Date:

Today

To:

Vice President for Manufacturing, Jupiter Game Company

From:

I.M. Student, Controller

Subject:

Activity-Based Costing

The $150,000 cost that has been characterized as fixed is fixed with respect to sales
volume. This cost will not increase with increases in sales volume. However, as the activitybased costing analysis demonstrates, these costs are not fixed with respect to other
important cost drivers. This is the difference between a traditional costing system and an
ABC system. The latter recognizes that costs vary with respect to a variety of cost drivers,
not just sales volume.
2.

New break-even point if automated manufacturing equipment is installed:
Sales price.....................................................................................................
Costs that are variable (with respect to sales volume):
Unit variable cost (.8 × $375,000 ÷ 25,000)...........................................
Unit contribution margin..............................................................................
Costs that are fixed (with respect to sales volume):
Setup (300 setups at $50 per setup).............................................
Engineering (800 hours at $28 per hour).....................................
Inspection (100 inspections at $45 per inspection)....................
General factory overhead..............................................................
Total..........................................................................................
Fixed selling and administrative costs..............................................
Total costs that are fixed (with respect to sales volume)...........
Break-even point (in units) =
=

$26
12
$14
$ 15,000
22,400
4,500
166,100
$208,000
30,000
$238,000

fixed costs
unit contribution margin
$238,000
$14

=17,000 units

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PROBLEM 8-47 (CONTINUED)
3.

Sales (in units) required to show a profit of $140,000:
Number of sales units required
to earn target net profit

4.

fixed cost + target net profit
unit contribution margin
$238,000 +$140,000
=
$14
=27,000 units
=

If management adopts the new manufacturing technology:
(a)

Its break-even point will be higher (17,000 units instead of 15,000 units).

(b)

The number of sales units required to show a profit of $140,000 will be lower
(27,000 units instead of 29,000 units).

(c)

These results are typical of situations where firms adopt advanced manufacturing
equipment and practices. The break-even point increases because of the
increased fixed costs due to the large investment in equipment. However, at
higher levels of sales after fixed costs have been covered, the larger unit
contribution margin ($14 instead of $10) earns a profit at a faster rate. This results
in the firm needing to sell fewer units to reach a given target profit level.

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PROBLEM 8-47 (CONTINUED)
5.

The controller should include the break-even analysis in the report. The Board of
Directors needs a complete picture of the financial implications of the proposed
equipment acquisition. The break-even point is a relevant piece of information. The
controller should accompany the break-even analysis with an explanation as to
why the break-even point will increase. It would also be appropriate for the
controller to point out in the report that the advanced manufacturing equipment
would require fewer sales units at higher volumes in order to achieve a given
target profit, as in requirement (3) of this problem.
To withhold the break-even analysis from the controller's report would be a
violation of the following ethical standards:
(a)

Competence: Prepare complete and clear reports and recommendations after
appropriate analysis of relevant and reliable information.

(b)

Integrity: Communicate unfavorable as well as favorable information and
professional judgments or opinions.

(c)

Objectivity: Communicate information fairly and objectively. Disclose fully all
relevant information that could reasonably be expected to influence an intended
user's understanding of the reports, comments, and recommendations presented.

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PROBLEM 8-48 (25 MINUTES)
1.

Closing of downtown store:
Loss of contribution margin at Downtown Store.......................................... $(36,000)
Savings of fixed cost at Downtown Store (75%)...........................................
30,000
Loss of contribution margin at Mall Store (10%)...........................................
(4,800)
Total decrease in operating income............................................................... $(10,800)

2.

Promotional campaign:
Increase in contribution margin (10%)...........................................................
Increase in monthly promotional expenses ($60,000/12).............................
Decrease in operating income........................................................................

3.

$ 3,600
(5,000)
$(1,400)

Elimination of items sold at their variable cost:
We can restate the November 20x1 data for the Downtown Store as follows:

Sales...................................................................................
Less: variable expenses...................................................
Contribution margin..........................................................

Downtown Store
Items Sold at
Their
Variable Cost Other Items
$60,000*
$60,000*
60,000
24,000
$
-0$ 36,000

If the items sold at their variable cost are eliminated, we have:
Decrease in contribution margin on other items (20%)..............................
Decrease in fixed expenses (15%)................................................................
Decrease in operating income......................................................................

$(7,200)
6,000
$(1,200)

*$60,000 is one half of the Downtown Store's dollar sales for November 20x1.

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PROBLEM 8-49 (45 MINUTES)
1.
CINCINNATI TOOL COMPANY
BUDGETED INCOME STATEMENT
FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 20X2
Weeders
$28
$13
5
$18
$10
× 50,000
$500,000

Unit selling price..........................
Variable manufacturing cost.......
Variable selling cost....................
Total variable cost.......................
Contribution margin per unit......
Unit sales......................................
Total contribution margin.......

Hedge
Clippers
$36
$12
4
$16
$20
× 50,000
$1,000,000

Leaf Blowers Total
$48
$25
6
$31
$17
× 100,000
$1,700,000 $3,200,000

Fixed manufacturing overhead...
Fixed selling and
administrative costs................
Total fixed costs......................
Income before taxes....................
Income taxes (40%).....................
Budgeted net income..................

$2,000,000
600,000
$2,600,000
$600,000
240,000
$ 360,000

2.

Weeders..................................................
Hedge Clippers.......................................
Leaf Blowers...........................................
Weighted-average unit
contribution margin..........................

(a)
Unit
Contribution
$10
20
17

(b)
Sales
Proportion
.25
.25
.50

(a) × (b)
$ 2.50
5.00
8.50
$16.00

total fixed costs
weighted-average unit contribution margin
$2,600,000
=
= 162,500 units
$16

Total unit sales to break even =

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PROBLEM 8-49 (CONTINUED)
Sales proportions:

Weeders........................................................
Hedge Clippers.............................................
Leaf Blowers.................................................
Total...............................................................

Sales
Proportion
.25
.25
.50

Total Unit Product Line
Sales
Sales
162,500
40,625  
162,500
40,625  
162,500
81,250  
162,500  

3.
(a)
(b)
Unit
Sales
Contribution Proportion
Weeders..........................................................
$10
.20
Hedge Clippers*.............................................
19
.20

Leaf Blowers .................................................
12
.60
Weighted-average unit contribution margin

(a) × (b)
$ 2.00
3.80
7.20
$13.00

*Variable selling cost increases. Thus, the unit contribution decreases to
$19 [$36 – ($12 + $4 + $1)].

The variable manufacturing cost increases 20 percent. Thus, the unit contribution
decreases to $12 [$48 – (1.2 × $25) – $6].
total fixed costs
weighted-average unit contribution margin
$2,600,000
=
= 200,000 units
$13

Total unit sales to break even =

Sales proportions:
Sales
Proportions
Weeders........................................................
.20
Hedge Clippers.............................................
.20
Leaf Blowers.................................................
.60
Total..............................................................

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Total Unit
Sales
200,000
200,000
200,000

Product Line
Sales
40,000
40,000
120,000
200,000

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PROBLEM 8-50 (45 MINUTES)
1.

Unit contribution margin =

$405,000
=$225 per ton
1,800

fixed costs
Break-even volume in tons =
unit contribution margin
=

2.

$247,500
=1,100 tons
$225

Projected net income for sales of 2,100 tons:
Projected contribution margin (2,100 × $225).......................................
Projected fixed costs...............................................................................
Projected net income...............................................................................

3.

$472,500
 247,500
$225,000

Projected net income including foreign order:
Variable cost per ton = $495,000/1,800 = $275 per ton
Sales price per ton for regular orders = $900,000/1,800 = $500 per ton

Sales in tons.....................................................................
Contribution margin per ton:
Foreign order ($450 – $275).......................................
Regular sales ($500 – $275).......................................
Total contribution margin................................................

Foreign
Order
1,500
×

$175

$262,500

Contribution margin on foreign order.......................................................
Contribution margin on regular sales........................................................
Total contribution margin...........................................................................
Fixed costs..................................................................................................
Net income...................................................................................................

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Regular
Sales
1,500
× $225
$337,500
$262,500
337,500
$600,000
247,500
$352,500

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PROBLEM 8-50 (CONTINUED)
4.

New sales territory:
To maintain its current net income, Ohio Limestone Company just needs to break
even on sales in the new territory.
Break-even point in tons =
=

5.

fixed costs in new territory
unit contribution margin on sales in new territory
$61,500
=307.5 tons
$225 −$25

Automated production process:
$247,500 +
$58,500
Break -even point in tons =
$225 +
$25
$306,000
=
=
1,224 tons
$250

Break-even point in sales dollars =
1,224 tons ×
$500 per to
=
$612,000

6.

Changes in selling price and unit variable cost:

New unit contribution marg

New contribution margin rat

Dollar

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PROBLEM 8-51 (35 MINUTES)
1.

2.

Contribution margin ratio =

$80.00 −$52.80
=.34
$80.00

Number of units of sales required
to earn target after-tax income

target after-tax net income
(1 − t)
unit contribution margin

fixed expenses +
=

$22,080
(1 − .40) $353,600
=
$80.00 − $52.80
$27.20

$316,800 +
X=

X = 13,000 units

3.

Break-even point (in units) for the
mountaineering model

=

$369,600
=10,500 units
$88.00 −$52.80

Let Y denote the variable cost of the touring model such that the break-even point
for the touring model is 10,500 units.
Then we have:
$316,800
$80.00 −Y
(10,500) × ($80.00 −Y ) = $316,800
$840,000 − 10,500Y = $316,800
10,500Y = $523,200
Y = $49.83 (rounded)
10,500 =

Thus, the variable cost per unit would have to decrease by $2.97 ($52.80 – $49.83).

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PROBLEM 8-51 (CONTINUED)
$316,800 ×110%
$80.00 −($52.80)(90%)
$348,480
=
$32.48
=10,729 units (rounded)

4.

5.

New break-even point =

Weighted-average unit
contribution margin
Break-even point

=(50% ×$35.20) +(50% ×$27.20)
=$31.20
fixed costs
=
weighted-average unit contribution margin
$343,200
=
=11,000 units (or 5,500 of each type)
$31.20

PROBLEM 8-52 (45 MINUTES)
1.

SUMMARY OF EXPENSES

Manufacturing....................................................................
Selling and administrative................................................
Interest...............................................................................
Costs from budgeted income statement.....................
If the company employs its own sales force:
Additional sales force costs.........................................
Reduced commissions [(.15 – .10) × $16,000]............
Costs with own sales force...............................................
If the company sells through agents:
Deduct cost of sales force............................................
Increased commissions [(.225 – .10) × $16,000].........
Costs with agents paid increased commissions............

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Expenses per Year
(in thousands)
Variable
Fixed
$ 7,200
$2,340
2,400
1,920
540
$ 9,600
$4,800
2,400
(800)
$ 8,800

$7,200
(2,400)

2,000
$ 10,800

$4,800

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PROBLEM 8-52 (CONTINUED)
total fixed expenses
contribution margin ratio
total variable expenses
Contribution-margin ratio =1 −
sales revenue

Break -even sales dollars =

(a)

$9,600,000
$16,000,000
=1 −.60
=.40

Contribution margin ratio =1 −

$4,800,000
.40
=$12,000,000

Break-even sales dollars =

(b)

2.

$8,800,000
$16,000,000
=1 −.55
=.45
$7,200,000
Break-even sales dollars =
.45
=$16,000,000

Contribution margin ratio =1 −

Required sales dollars =

total fixed costs + target income before income taxes
contribution margin ratio

$10,800
Contribution margin ratio =
1−
$16,000
=
1−
.675
=
.325

$4,800,000 +
$1,600,0
Required sales dollars to break even =
.325
$6,400,000
=
.325
=
$19,692,308

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PROBLEM 8-52 (CONTINUED)
3.

The volume in sales dollars (X) that would result in equal net income is the volume
of sales dollars where total expenses are equal.
Total expenses with agents paid
increased commission

= total expenses with own sales force

$10,800,000
$8,800,000
X +$4,800,000 =
X +$7,200,000
$16,000,000
$16,000,000
.675 X +$4,800,000 =.55 X +$7,200,000
.125 X =$2,400,000
X =$19,200,000

Therefore, at a sales volume of $19,200,000, the company will earn equal before-tax
income under either alternative. Since before-tax income is the same, so is after-tax
net income.

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SOLUTIONS TO CASES
CASE 8-53 (50 MINUTES)
1.

The break-even point is 16,900 patient-days calculated as follows:
COMPUTATION OF BREAK-EVEN POINT
IN PATIENT-DAYS: PEDIATRICS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 20X2

Total fixed costs:
Medical center charges.........................................................................................
Supervising nurses ($25,000 × 4).......................................................................
Nurses
($20,000 × 10).....................................................................
Aids
($9,000 × 20).......................................................................
Total fixed costs
.............................................................................................

$2,900,000
100,000
200,000
180,000
$3,380,000

Contribution margin per patient-day:
Revenue per patient-day.......................................................................................

$300

Variable cost per patient-day:
($6,000,000 ÷ $300 = 20,000 patient-days)
($2,000,000 ÷ 20,000 patient-days)..................................................................
Contribution margin per patient-day....................................................................

100
$200

Break-even point
in patient-days

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$3,380,000
=
contribution margin per patient-day
$200
=16,900 patient days
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CASE 8-53 (CONTINUED)
2. Net earnings would decrease by $606,660, calculated as follows:
COMPUTATION OF LOSS FROM RENTAL
OF ADDITIONAL 20 BEDS: PEDIATRICS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 20X2
Increase in revenue
(20 additional beds × 90 days × $300 charge per day)....................................

$ 540,000

Increase in expenses:
Variable charges by medical center
(20 additional beds × 90 days × $100 per day)...........................................

$ 180,000

Fixed charges by medical center
($2,900,000 ÷ 60 beds = $48,333 per bed, rounded)
($48,333 × 20 beds).......................................................................................

966,660

Salaries
(20,000 patient-days before additional 20 beds + 20 additional
beds × 90 days = 21,800, which does not exceed 22,000 patient-days;
therefore, no additional personnel are required).........................................
Total increase in expenses.....................................................................................
Net change in earnings from rental of additional 20 beds...................................

-0$1,146,660
$ (606,660)

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CASE 8-54 (45 MINUTES)
1.

a. In order to break even, Oakley must sell 500 units. This amount represents the
point where revenue equals total costs.
Revenue = variable costs + fixed costs
$400X = $200X + $100,000
$200X = $100,000
X = 500 units

b. In order to achieve its after-tax profit objective, Oakley must sell 2,500 units. This
amount represents the point where revenue equals total costs plus the before-tax
profit objective.
Revenue = variable costs + fixed costs +before - tax profit
$400X = $200X + $100,000 +[$240,000 ÷(1 −.4 ) ]
$400X = $200X + $100,000 + $400,000
$200X = $500,000
X = 2,500 units

2.

To achieve its annual after-tax profit objective, Oakley should select the first
alternative, where the sales price is reduced by $40 and 2,700 units are sold during
the remainder of the year. This alternative results in the highest profit and is the
only alternative that equals or exceeds the company’s profit objective. Calculations
for the three alternatives follow.

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CASE 8-54 (CONTINUED)
Alternative (1):
Re venue = ($400)( 350) +($360)( 2,700)
= $1,112,000
Variable cost = $200 ×3,050
= $610,000
Before - tax profit = $1,112,000 −$610,000 −$100,000
= $402,000
After - tax profit = $402,000 ×(1 −.4 )
= $ 241,200

Alternative (2):
Re venue = ($400)(350) +($370)( 2,200)
= $954,000
Variable cost = ( $200)(350) ×($175 )( 2,200)
= $455,000
Before - tax profit = $954,000 −$455,000 −$100,000
= $399,000
After - tax profit = $399,000 ×(1 −.4 )
= $ 239,400

Alternative (3):
Re venue = ($400)(350) +($380)( 2,000)
= $900,000
Variable cost = $200 ×2,350
= $470,000
Before - tax profit = $900,000 −$470,000 −$90,000
= $340,000
After - tax profit = $340,000 ×(1 −.4 )
= $ 204,000

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CASE 8-55 (50 MINUTES)
1.

Break-even point for 20x2, based on current budget:
$10,000,000 −$6,000,000 −$2,000,000
=.20
$10,000,000
fixed expenses
Break-even point =
contribution-margin ratio
$100,000
=
=$500,000
.20

Contribution-margin ratio =

2.

Break-even point given employment of sales personnel:
New fixed expenses:
Previous fixed expenses........................................................................
Sales personnel salaries........................................................................
Sales manager's salary..........................................................................
Total.........................................................................................................

$
$

100,000
90,000
160,000
350,000

New contribution-margin ratio:
Sales........................................................................................................
Cost of goods sold.................................................................................
Gross margin..........................................................................................
Commissions (at 5%)..............................................................................
Contribution margin...............................................................................
Contribution-margin ratio =

$10,000,000
6,000,000
$ 4,000,000
500,000
$ 3,500,000

$3,500,000
=.35
$10,000,000

fixed expenses
contribution-margin ratio
$350,000
=
= $1,000,000
.35

Estimated break-even point =

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CASE 8-55 (CONTINUED)
3.

Assuming a 25% sales commission:
New contribution-margin ratio:
Sales........................................................................................................
Cost of goods sold.................................................................................
Gross margin..........................................................................................
Commissions (at 25%)............................................................................
Contribution margin...............................................................................
Contribution-margin ratio =

Sales volume in dollars
required to earn after-tax
net income

$10,000,000
6,000,000
$ 4,000,000
2,500,000
$ 1,500,000

$1,500,000
=.15
$10,000,000

target after-tax net income
(1 − t )
contribution-margin ratio

fixed expenses +
=

$1,330,000
$2,000,000
(1 − .3)
=
=
.15
.15
= $13,333,333 (rounded)
$100,000 +

Check (all figures rounded to the nearest dollar):
Sales....................................................................
Cost of goods sold (60% of sales).....................
Gross margin......................................................
Selling and administrative expenses:
Commissions................................................
All other expenses (fixed)............................
Income before taxes...........................................
Income tax expense (30%).................................
Net income..........................................................

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$ 13,333,333
8,000,000
$ 5,333,333
$ 3,333,333
100,000

3,433,333
$ 1,900,000
570,000
$ 1,330,000

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CASE 8-55 (CONTINUED)
4.

Sales dollar volume at which Niagra Falls Sporting Goods Company is indifferent:
Let X denote the desired volume of sales.
Since the tax rate is the same regardless of which approach management chooses,
we can find X so that the company’s before-tax income is the same under the two
alternatives. (In the following equations, the contribution-margin ratios of .35 and .
15, respectively, were computed in the preceding two requirements.)
.
.35X – $350,000 = .15X – $100,000
.20X = $250,000
X = $250,000/.20
X = $1,250,000
Thus, the company will have the same before-tax income under the two alternatives
if the sales volume is $1,250,000.
Check:

Sales.............................................................................
Cost of goods sold (60% of sales).............................
Gross margin...............................................................
Selling and administrative expenses:
Commissions...........................................................
All other expenses (fixed).......................................
Income before taxes....................................................
Income tax expense (30%)..........................................
Net income...................................................................

Alternatives
Employ
Sales
Pay 25%
Personnel
Commission
$1,250,000
$1,250,000
750,000
750,000
$ 500,000
$ 500,000
62,500*
350,000
$ 87,500
26,250
$ 61,250

312,500†
100,000
$ 87,500
26,250
$ 61,250

*$1,250,000 × 5% = $62,500

$1,250,000 × 25% = $312,500

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CURRENT ISSUES IN MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING
ISSUE 8-56
"RELIANCE GROUP MAY SEE SHIELD FROM CREDITORS," THE WALL STREET JOURNAL,
AUGUST 15, 2000, DEVON SPURGON, GREGORY ZUCKERMAN, AND FRANCINE L.
POPE.
1. Managers apply operating leverage to convert small changes in sales into large
changes in a firm’s profitability. Fixed costs are the lever that managers use to take
a small increase in sales and obtain a much larger increase in net income. Having a
cost structure with relatively high fixed costs provides rewards and risks to a firm.
With a high degree of operating leverage, each additional sale decreases the average
cost per unit. Each dollar of revenue becomes pure profit once the fixed costs are
covered. This is beneficial if sales are increasing; however, the reverse is true if
sales are decreasing. With decreasing sales, the fixed costs do not decrease, and
profit declines significantly more than revenue.
2. In the article, high operating leverage was not working to benefit Reliance Group
Holdings, Inc. Consequently, its stock rating was downgraded.

ISSUE 8-57
"E-COMMERCE -- DEBATE -- TALKING TO THE PLAYERS: WILL THE INTERNET TAKE
OVER COMMERCE? WE ASKED THREE PEOPLE WHO ASK THEMSELVES THAT
QUESTION ALL THE TIME," THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, JULY 12, 1999, THOMAS
E. WEBER.
According to Ken Seiff, Amazon is capturing such a huge amount of market share that it
will eventually be able to build the most cost efficient distribution system, not only in the
e-commerce field, but also in the traditional retail world. Once Amazon has developed
this system and cemented its place as the online retailer of choice, price wars will not be
as costly for Amazon as for its competitors.

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ISSUE 8-58
"HAPPY SHOPPER," MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING, JULY/AUGUST 2000, TONY
BRABAZON.
The cost of losing a customer will vary across the customer life cycle. The loss can be
estimated using discounted customer contribution margin, where the discounted
customer contribution margin is calculated as the gross profit per customer less
customer-related costs such as administration, distribution and financing.

ISSUE 8-59
"POSTAL SERVICE COULD FACE LOSS," THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, AUGUST 31, 2000,
RANDOLPH E. SCHMID.
1. It is important for the U.S. Postal Service to forecast the volume and cost variables
discussed in the article so its management can determine the revenue required to
cover costs and determine cost of postage.
2. Unexpected costs will increase the break-even point in cost-volume-profit analysis.
A decline in the volume of first-class mail will decrease the weighted-average
contribution margin and increase the break-even point. An increase in advertising
mail will increase revenue and decrease the breakeven point.
ISSUE 8-60
"START YOUR OWN FIRM," JOURNAL OF ACCOUNTANCY, MAY 2000, ROBERT B. SCOTT,
JR.
1. The contribution margin is defined as sales revenue less all variable costs.
2. For a CPA firm, as described in the article, the contribution margin would be
calculated as a client’s total fees less all direct-service costs, such as staff time.
According to the article, a client who generates total fees that are one and one half
times the cost to service the engagement, especially a large client, may be worth
keeping and developing. If the CPA is unable to recover at least one and one half
times the direct-service cost, the CPA should consider ending the relationship.

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ISSUE 8-61
"CHAIN REACTION," CMA MANAGEMENT, MARCH 1999, ANDREA SIGURDSON.
1. Cost-volume-profit analysis is a study of the relationships between sales volume,
expenses, revenue, and profit.
2. CVP analysis can be applied to determine the effectiveness of an investment, for
example, in seasonal price discounting or price specials. In price-sensitive
categories, managers can use detailed studies of consumer price elasticity to better
understand the ongoing relationship between pricing, volume and category profits.
The principles of activity-based management applied to product categories can help
management understand the actual costs of distribution and warehousing at the
individual item level. A true picture of category and subcategory profitability can
then be determined. Real estate and occupancy costs are also charged back to
product categories within the store to develop a comprehensive picture of total profit
or loss for each category. Using this information, retailers can assign strategic roles
to each product category. High profile ones, although not always strong profit
contributors, can help build overall customer traffic. Assigning clear category roles
aids in the decision making process when allocating investment resources or scarce
retail space among competing product categories.

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