Presentation on theme: "Cost Behavior: Analysis and Use"— Presentation transcript:
1Cost Behavior: Analysis and Use Chapter 5Cost Behavior: Analysis and Use
2Types of Cost Behavior Patterns Recall the summary of our cost behavior discussion from Chapter 2.
3The Activity Base Units produced Miles driven Labor hours Machine hoursA measure of the event that causes the incurrence of a variable cost – a cost driver
4True Variable Cost Example Your total long distance telephone bill is based on how many minutes you talk.Total Long Distance Telephone BillMinutes Talked
5Variable Cost Per Unit Example The cost per minute talked is constant. For example, 10 cents per minute.Per Minute Telephone ChargeMinutes Talked
6Total cost remains constant within a narrow range of activity. Step-Variable CostsTotal cost remains constant within a narrow range of activity.CostActivity
7Step-Variable CostsTotal cost increases to a new higher cost for the next higher range of activity.CostActivity
8The Linearity Assumption and the Relevant Range Exh.5-4The Linearity Assumption and the Relevant RangeRelevant RangeA straight line closely approximates a curvilinear variable cost line within the relevant range.Economist’s Curvilinear Cost FunctionTotal CostAccountant’s Straight-Line Approximation (constant unit variable cost)Activity
9Total Fixed Cost Example Exh.5-5Total Fixed Cost ExampleYour monthly basic telephone bill is probably fixed and does not change when you make more local calls.Monthly Basic Telephone BillNumber of Local Calls
10Fixed Cost Per Unit Example Exh.5-5Fixed Cost Per Unit ExampleThe fixed cost per local call decreases as more local calls are made.Monthly Basic Telephone Bill per Local CallNumber of Local Calls
11Cost Behavior Examples of normally variable costs MerchandisersCost of Goods SoldService OrganizationsSupplies and travelManufacturersDirect Material, Direct Labor, and Variable Manufacturing OverheadMerchandisers and ManufacturersSales commissions and shipping costsExamples of normally fixed costsMerchandisers, manufacturers, and service organizationsReal estate taxes, Insurance, Sales salaries Depreciation, Advertising
12Types of Fixed Costs Committed Discretionary Examples Examples Long-term, cannot be reduced in the short term.DiscretionaryMay be altered in the short-term by current managerial decisionsExamplesDepreciation on Buildings and EquipmentExamplesAdvertising and Research and Development
13Fixed Costs and Relevant Range Example: Office space is available at a rental rate of $30,000 per year in increments of 1,000 square feet. As the business grows more space is rented, increasing the total cost.Continue
14Fixed Costs and Relevant Range Exh.5-6Fixed Costs and Relevant Range90Total cost doesn’t change for a wide range of activity, and then jumps to a new higher cost for the next higher range of activity.Relevant Range60Rent Cost in Thousands of Dollars30, , , Rented Area (Square Feet)
15Fixed Costs and Relevant Range Step-variable costs can be adjusted more quickly and . . .The width of the activity steps is much wider for the fixed cost.How does this type of fixed cost differ from a step-variable cost?
16Which of the following statements about cost behavior are true? Quick Check Which of the following statements about cost behavior are true?Fixed costs per unit vary with the level of activity.Variable costs per unit are constant within the relevant range.Total fixed costs are constant within the relevant range.Total variable costs are constant within the relevant range.
17Fixed Monthly Utility Charge Mixed CostsA mixed cost has both fixed and variable components. Consider the example of utility cost.XYTotal mixed costTotal Utility CostVariable Cost per KWFixed Monthly Utility ChargeActivity (Kilowatt Hours)
18Fixed Monthly Utility Charge Mixed CostsXYTotal mixed cost Y = a + bXTotal Utility CostVariable Cost per KWFixed Monthly Utility ChargeActivity (Kilowatt Hours)
20Account Analysis & Engineering Estimates Each account is classified as either variable or fixed based on the analyst’s knowledge of how the account behaves.Cost estimates are based on an evaluation of production methods, and material, labor and overhead requirements.
21The High-Low MethodWiseCo recorded the following production activity and maintenance costs for two months:Using these two levels of activity, compute:the variable cost per unit;the fixed cost; and thenexpress the costs in equation form Y = a + bX.
22Changein cost Change in units The High-Low MethodVariable cost per unit = Change in cost ÷ change in unitsChangein cost Change in units
23The High-Low Method Variable cost per unit = $2,400 ÷ 3,000 units
24The High-Low MethodVariable cost = $2,400 ÷ 3,000 units = $0.80 per unitFixed cost = Total cost – Total variable costFixed cost = $9,800 – ($0.80 per unit × 8,000 units)Fixed cost = $9,800 – $6,400 = $3,400
25The High-Low MethodVariable cost = $2,400 ÷ 3,000 units = $0.80 per unitFixed cost = Total cost – Total variable costFixed cost = $9,800 – ($0.80 per unit × 8,000 units)Fixed cost = $9,800 – $6,400 = $3,400Total cost = Fixed cost + Variable cost (Y = a + bX) Y = $3,400 + $0.80X
26Quick Check Sales salaries and commissions are $10,000 when 80,000 units are sold, and $14,000 when 120,000 units are sold. Using the high-low method, what is the variable portion of sales salaries and commission?a. $0.08 per unitb. $0.10 per unitc. $0.12 per unitd. $0.125 per unit$4,000 ÷ 40,000 units = $0.10 per unit
27Quick Check Sales salaries and commissions are $10,000 when 80,000 units are sold, and $14,000 when 120,000 units are sold. Using the high-low method, what is the fixed portion of sales salaries and commissions?a. $ 2,000b. $ 4,000c. $10,000d. $12,000
28Let’s put our knowledge of cost behavior to work by preparing a contribution format income statement.
29The Contribution Format The contribution margin format emphasizes cost behavior. Contribution margin covers fixed costs and provides for income.
30The Contribution Format Used primarily for external reporting.Used primarily by management.