Question 1: (20 marks)
Implementation of a company’s strategic plan often begins by determining management’s basic expectations about future economic, competitive, and technological conditions, and their effects on anticipated goals, both long-term and short-term. Many firms at this stage conduct a situational analysis that involves examining their strengths and weaknesses and the external opportunities available and the threats that they might face from competitors.
After performing the situational analysis, the organization identifies potential strategies that could enable achievement of its goals. Part of this process involves business managers creating budgets to plan for future operations, create benchmarks to measure progress, and maintain necessary accounting controls.
A. The majority of literature that has used examples to describe a master budget have been limited to manufacturing companies. These companies tend to have comprehensive operating budgets and therefore serve as a good starting point in developing a master budget. However, budgeting is equally vital in all types of businesses, manufacturing as well as non-manufacturing organizations.
Clearly discuss what operating budgets look like for merchandising, service, and not-for-profit organizations. (13 Marks)
B. Assume you are the manager of the computer division of High Tech Retail, Inc. You are asked to help the company prepare a budgeted income statement for the computer division before the start of each fiscal year. At the completion of each fiscal year, division managers receive a bonus equal to 10 percent of actual net income in excess of budgeted net income.
Describe the ethical conflict facing you as division manager when asked to help create the budgeted income statement for your division. (7 Marks)
Question 2: (30 marks)
Yanimize company sales in December 2018 were $70,000 and they are expected to rise by $4,500 per month for the next 5 months. Of sales, 80 per cent are collected during the month of sale and the rest two months after sales. The cost of sales is 60 per cent of sales and, the company plans to keep an inventory at the end of each month equal to forty per cent of the anticipated sales for the next month’s sales. Suppliers are paid one month after purchases are made. Monthly wages amount to $4,000, rent and heating $700 and depreciation $600. A machine is to be bought in March for $5,000 paid in cash. The purchase of the machine means that the monthly change for depreciation will increase by $40. The inventory held at January 1st is $14,400.
Question 3 (20 Marks)
A. James Henderson is the president of York Athletics, a producer of hats and jerseys and other accessories for fans of several professional sports teams. Imagine you are the accountant in charge of all accounting functions at Sportswear. She reviewed the most recent financial statements, and noticed that the company did not do as well as they had planned. She wanted to look more closely at the profitability of each of our products to determine exactly what happened, but realized that she did not have this information in the financial statements. According to the accountant, financial statements are prepared according to the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and do not require their company to disclose profitability by product, and therefore did not prefer not to make this information public. Accordingly, product profitability information stays in-house and is prepared by the company’s managerial accountant.
It is common among companies like York Athletics to prefer not to disclose more information than is required by the GAAP, but they would like to have more detailed information for internal decision-making and performance-evaluation purposes. This is why it is important to distinguish between financial and managerial accounting.
QUESTION 4 (30 Marks)
Gamin Inc. produces various GPS devices with a wide assortment of different models for its customers. One item, RC1 is very popular. Keen of keeping its stock under control, a decision is taken to order only the optimum economic quantity, for this item, each time. You have the following information.
Annual demand (units) 115,200
Purchase price per unit $ 300
Carrying/Holding costs per unit $ 8
Cost per order $ 200