Matchless Computer Company has been purchasing carrying cases for its portable computers at a purchase price of $57 per unit. The company, which is currently operating below full capacity, charges factory overhead to production at the rate of 42% of direct labor cost. The fully absorbed unit costs to produce comparable carrying cases are expected to be as follows:
|Factory overhead (42% of direct labor)||7.98|
|Total cost per unit||$50.98|
If Matchless Computer Company manufactures the carrying cases, fixed factory overhead costs will not increase and variable factory overhead costs associated with the cases are expected to be 13% of the direct labor costs.
a. Prepare a differential analysis dated February 24 to determine whether the company should make (Alternative 1) or buy (Alternative 2) the carrying case. If required, round your answers to two decimal places. If an amount is zero, enter "0". For those boxes in which you must enter subtracted or negative numbers use a minus sign.
|Make Carrying Case (Alt. 1) or Buy Carrying Case (Alt. 2)|
Case (Alternative 1)
Case (Alternative 2)
on Income (Alternative 2)
|Direct materials per unit|
|Direct labor per unit|
|Variable factory overhead per unit|
|Fixed factory overhead per unit|
b. Assuming there were no better alternative uses for the spare capacity, it would be advisable or not advisable to manufacture the carrying cases. Fixed factory overhead is relevant or irrelevant to this decision.
|Differential Analysis - Making Carrying Case (alt 1) or Buying Carrying Case (Alt2)|
|Particulars||Making Carrying Case (Alt 1)||Buying Carrying Case (Alt 2)||Financial advantage (Disadvantage) of buying (Alternative 2)|
|Direct material per unit||-$24.00||$0.00||$24.00|
|Direct Labor per unit||-$19.00||$0.00||$19.00|
|Variable overhead per unit||-$2.47||$0.00||$2.47|
|Fixed factory overhead per unit||-$5.51||-$5.51||$0.00|
Assuming there were no better alternative uses for the spare capacity, it would be advisable to manufacture the carrying cases. Fixed factory overhead is irrelevant to this decision.
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