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Expected Cash Collections and Disbursements Schedules

I really am not sure how to go about doing any of this problem. I guess figuring out the percentages would be the most help. So I can figure out the total amount for the collections. The "actual sales" part in the question is also throwing me off. Like I said any help would be great.

All sales at Bell Company are made on credit. Experience has shown that 50% of the accounts receivable are collected in the month of the sale, 48% are collected in the month following the sale, and the remaining 2% are uncollectible. Actual sales for May and budgeted sales for the following four months are given below:

May (actual sales)........... $100,000
June.................................. $200,000
July................................... $400,000
August................................. $500,000
September.................................... $300,000
The company's cost of goods sold is equal to 60% of sales. All purchases of inventory are made on credit. Bell Company pays for one half of a month's purchases in the month of purchase, and the other half in the month following purchase. The company requires that end-of-month inventories be equal to 35% of the cost of goods sold for the next month.
1. Compute the amount of cash, in total, which the company can expect to collect in July.
2. Compute the budgeted dollar amount of inventory which the company should have on hand at the end of June.
3. Compute the amount of inventory that the company should purchase during the months of July and August.
4. Compute the amount of cash payments that will be made to suppliers during August for purchases of inventory.

Solution Summary

In this Solution, the author prepare the Schedule of Cash Collections, Schedule of Required Purchases, and Schedule of Cash Disbursements with the answer to all 4 questions. This Solution is presented in a 1 page Microsoft Excel document.

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