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# Barlow Company manufactures three products: A, B, and C. The selling price, variable costs, and contribution...

Barlow Company manufactures three products: A, B, and C. The selling price, variable costs, and contribution margin for one unit of each product follow:

 Product A B C Selling price \$ 180 \$ 270 \$ 240 Variable expenses: Direct materials 24 72 32 Other variable expenses 102 90 148 Total variable expenses 126 162 180 Contribution margin \$ 54 \$ 108 \$ 60 Contribution margin ratio 30 % 40 % 25 %

The same raw material is used in all three products. Barlow Company has only 5,000 pounds of raw material on hand and will not be able to obtain any more of it for several weeks due to a strike in its supplier’s plant. Management is trying to decide which product(s) to concentrate on next week in filling its backlog of orders. The material costs \$8 per pound.

1. Compute the amount of contribution margin that will be obtained per pound of material used in each product.

 A B C Contribution margin per unit \$54 \$108 \$60 Direct material cost per unit \$24 \$72 \$32 Direct material cost per pound \$8 \$8 \$8 Pounds of material required per unit 3 9 4 Contribution margin per pound

2. Compute the amount of contribution margin on each product.

 Contribution margin per pound \$18 \$12 \$15 Pounds of material available 5,000 5,000 5,000 Total contribution margin \$90,000 \$60,000 \$75,000

3. A foreign supplier could furnish Barlow with additional stocks of the raw material at a substantial premium over the usual price. If there is unfilled demand for all three products, what is the highest price that Barlow Company should be willing to pay for an additional pound of materials?

 Maximum amount per pound