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# Junction Company: Rate of return on gross book value

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The asset section of the January 1, 20X9, balance sheet of Junction Company has only one machine (and nothing else) which was acquired on January 1, 20X5. The machine's original cost was \$500,000, and the estimated life was determined to be 10 years. The estimated residual value was zero, and the straight-line method of depreciation was chosen. If operating income before depreciation is \$95,000, the rate of return on gross book value for 20X9 is:

Hint: Gross book value means book value before subtracting accumulated depreciation.

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We need to compute the depreciation expenses for each year.
annual depreciation expense = (original cost - residual value)/estimated life
= (500,000 - 0)/10 ...

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\$2.49