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The Weaver Watch Company sells watches for $25; the fixed costs are $140,000; and variable costs are $15 per watch.

a.) What is the firm's gain or loss at sale of 8,000 watches? At 18,000 watches?
b.) What is the breakeven point? Illustrate by means of a chart.
c.) What would happen to the breakeven point if the selling price were raised to $31? What is the significance of this analysis?
d.) What would happen to the breakeven point if the selling price were raised to $31 but variale costs rose to $23 a unit?

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Break-even analysis is one of the tools of the managerial accounting, a device for determining the point at which sales will just cover total costs.
or the break even point for a product is the point where total revenue received equals total costs (TR=TC). A break even point is typically calculated in order to determine if it would be worthwhile to sell a proposed product, or to try to figure out whether an existing product can be made profitable.If a firm's costs were all variable, the problem of break-even volume would never arise. By having some variable and some fixed costs, the firm must suffer losses up to a given volume.

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Total Revenues $6,000,000
Total Fixed Costs $2,000,000
Total Variable Costs $2,000,000
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b. What is the variable cost per unit?
c. What is the contribution margin per unit?
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Break-even and target profits; volume defined in sales dollars. The manager of Hsu's Carryout Express estimates operating costs for the year will total $230,000 for fixed costs.

Required:

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.

MSW:4-3
CVP analysis with step costs. Techniques Company has one product: customized thumb drives with logos for various businesses. The sales price of $18 remains constant per unit regardless of volume, as does the variable cost of $10 per unit. The company is considering operating at one of the following three monthly levels of operations:

Volume Range
(production and sales) Total
Fixed Costs Increase in Fixed Costs from
Previous Level
Level 1 0-5,000 $ 30,000 --
Level 2 5,001-15,000 50,000 $20,000
Level 3 15,001-30,000 80,000 30,000

Required:

a. Calculate the break-even point(s) in units.
b. If the company can sell everything it makes, should it operate at level 1, level 2, or level 3? Support your answer.

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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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a. What is the expected level of operating profits?
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c. Suppose the company received a special order for 3,000 units at a selling price of $15 with no variable marketing expenses. Calculate the impact on operating profits.

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