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Gether Corporation manufactures appliances. It has four division: Refrigerator, Stove, Dishwasher, and Microwave oven. Each division is located in a different city and the headquarters is located in Oakland, California. Headquarters incurs a total of $14,255,000 in costs, none of which are direct costs of any o the divisions. Revenues, costs, and facility space for each division are as follows:

Refrigerator Stove Dishwasher Microwave Oven
Revenue $10,900,000 $18,800,000 $11,500,000 $6,780,000
Direct costs $5,700,000 $10,400,000 $6,200,000 $3,220,000
Segment margin $5,200,000 $8,400,000 $5,300,000 $3,560,000
Sq. ft. of floor space 130,000 90,000 80,000 100,000

Gether wants to allocate the indirect headquarters on the basis of either square feet or segment margin for each division.

1. Allocate the indirect headquarters costs to each division, first using square feet of space and then using segment margin as the allocation base. Calculate the division operating margins after each allocation in dollars as a percentage of revenue.
2. Which allocation base do you prefer? Why?
3. Should any of the divisions be dropped based on your calculations? Why or why not?

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Solution Summary

This solution discusses different allocation methods and applies it to the indirect headquarters cost to each division. Calculations are also shown to determine the division operating margins and recommendations are made on which allocation method to use and if any of the divisions should be dropped.

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b) Budgets force managers to think about whether the tasks and activities planned are consistent with organizational strategy.
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44. Budgeting may fail to have a positive impact on perceptions, aspiration levels, morale and satisfaction when:
a) Traditional budgeting systems are used.
b) Employees don't have formal budget training.
c) A strong review and evaluation process isn't followed.
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45. What do budgets symbolize in US culture?
a) Corporate greed.
b) Heavy-handed control over employees.
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B. Process costing system
C. Back or forward flush system
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49. How many equivalent units are complete relative to direct materials?
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50. What is the total cost per equivalent unit (roll of paper)?
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E. $42/Hour

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D. $42/Hour

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D. Companies that produce in traditional manufacturing environments where cost is largely a function of the volume of homogeneous products produced.

56. A job order costing system would be most applicable for a:
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b) Flour mill
c) bicycle manufacturer
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a) Direct materials cost; it is fair because it represents the two products' ability to bear.
b) Units of product shipped, it is fair because it represents benefits received by each product line.
c) Direct materials costs, because technically direct materials drives shipment costs.
d) Evenly between the two products, because culturally it is fair to share evenly.

63. Many Japanese companies allocate all indirect costs to products based on the number of unique parts in the product. Why might US companies consider doing this?
a. It is considered fair in the US culture, since number of unique parts reflects products' ability to bear cost.
b. Unique parts have been shown statistically to drive or cause all indirect costs, and is thus good technical information.
c. There is a belief in Japanese companies that fewer parts ultimately result in lower costs, fewer quality problems, and more rapid production. By assigning indirect costs based on parts, managers are encouraged to reduce the number of parts in products. This is a behavioral reason that might benefit any company.
d. Generally accepted accounting principles in the US require this method since it is easily verifiable.

Four divisions operated by a US parent company have headquarter's costs allocated to them based on sales revenue dollars. The US parent allocates $.12 per sales revenue dollar. The Southeastern Asia Division, with sales revenue of $22,500,000, reported a $1,200,000 loss after this allocation, and the parent company is considering closing it.

64. How much profit/loss did the Southeastern Asia Division have before this allocation?
a) A loss of $500,000
b) A profit of $1,500,000
c) A profit of $3,900,000
d) A loss of $1,500,000

65. How much headquarters' cost was allocated to the Southeastern Asia Division under this scheme?
a) $300,000
b) $2,464,000
c) $700,000
d) $2,700,000

66. Which of the following statements are true about the allocation to the Southeastern Asia Division?
a) It is a good idea to close the division since they are operating at a loss; overall profits would increase.
b) If Southeastern Asia would lower sales revenue next year, they would receive a smaller allocation and operate at a greater profit.
c) It is not a good idea to sell this division unless the cost of headquarters can be reduced by the amount allocated to the division or the company, as a whole, will be worse off.
d) Since the amounts allocated to Southeastern Asia are controllable by it, the division should reduce the headquarters' cost to an amount they can afford to pay.

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