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Does CVP Analysis help you decide whether to make or buy, sell at a special price to a customer not in your customer base, etc.?

What about break even analysis?

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CVP analysis aids strategic business plan decisions across an organization. It can aid in deciding how much of something to make, and then in what the price point of a good should be. Specifically, CVP analysis can illustrate how low an introductory price can go in order to epand a customer base, or market share. Break even analysis is simply a specific CVP calculation that illustrates either the minimum price for a good, or the minimum sales volume for the same good required to net zero profit or loss, (Accounting For Management, nd).


CVP can be calculated a couple different ways. The most common is to figure out the break even analysis-either for ...

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Illustrates use of Cost, Volume, Profit (CVP) Analysis and break-even point calculations. Shows detailed formula for both general CVP calculation as well as the specific break-even point. Also includes discussion on the limitations of CVP analysis. APA format with references.

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1. Compute JMI's break-even point for the number of S2S-900 airplanes and dollars of sales.
2. Suppose JMI plans to sell forty-two S2S-900 airplanes in 2002. Compute JMI's projected operating profit.
3. Suppose JMI increased its fixed costs by $84 million and reduced variable costs per airplane by $2 million. Compute its operating profit if forty-two S2S-900 airplanes are sold. Compute the break-even point. Comment on your results.
4. Next, ignore requirement 3. Suppose fixed costs do not change, but variable costs increase by 10% before deliveries of S2S-900 airplanes begin for the year. Compute the new break-even point.

Individual portion- Build your own spreadsheet for these calculations:
1. What would happen to expected cash flows under different discount rates?
2. How will the present value of the project vary according to cash flows different from a set forecast?
3. Create test numbers to show the effects under varying circumstances.

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