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I need to determine what is meant by the term break-even point in regards to Managerial Accounting? I also need to name 3 approaches to break-even analysis and explain how each approach works.

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Break Even point in managerial accounting:

The break-even point is defined as the point where sales or revenues equal expenses. There is no profit made or loss incurred at the break-even point. This figure is important for anyone that manages a business since the break-even point is the lower limit of profit when setting prices and determining margins. The break-even point becomes very important when calculating a strategy for net profit.
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The break even point for a product is the point where total revenue received equals total costs associated with the sale of the product (TR=TC). A break even point is typically calculated in order for businesses to determine if it would be profitable to sell a proposed product, as opposed attempting to modify an existing product instead so it can be made lucrative. Break-Even Analysis can also be used to analyze the potential profitability of an expenditure in a sales-based business.

Break-Even Analysis can be used in the evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of a new expenditure for a ...

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Total Revenues $6,000,000
Total Fixed Costs $2,000,000
Total Variable Costs $2,000,000
Total Quantity Produced and Sold 100,000 Units

a. What is the selling price per unit?
b. What is the variable cost per unit?
c. What is the contribution margin per unit?
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a. Find the break-even point in sales dollars with a contribution margin ratio of 40 percent.
b. Find the break-even point in sales dollars with a contribution margin ratio of 20 percent.
c. Find the sales dollars required with a contribution margin ratio of 50 percent to generate a profit of $150,000.

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(production and sales) Total
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Previous Level
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Level 2 5,001-15,000 50,000 $20,000
Level 3 15,001-30,000 80,000 30,000


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Sales (10,000 units @ $20) $200,000
Manufacturing costs:
Variable $8 per unit
Fixed $40,000
Marketing and administrative costs:
Variable $3 per unit
Fixed $20,000
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