Niagra Falls Sporting Goods Company, a wholesale supply company, engages independent sales agents

Niagra Falls Sporting Goods Company, a wholesale supply company, engages independent sales agents to market the company’s products throughout New York and Ontario. These agents currently receive a commission of 20 percent of sales, but they are demanding an increase to 25 percent of sales made during the year ending December 31, 20x2. The controller already prepared the 20x2 budget before learning of the agents’ demand for an increase in commissions. The budgeted 20x2 income statement is shown below. Assume that cost of goods sold is 100 percent variable cost.

 

Niagra Falls Company

Budgeted Income Statement

For the year ended Dec. 31, 20x2

Sales ----------10,000,000

Cost of goods sold ---- 6,000,000

Gross profit ----------- 4,000,000

Selling & Administrative expenses:

  Commissions  $2,000,000

   All other expenses (fixed) 100,000     2,100,000

Income before taxes --------  1,900,000

Income tax -------------- 570,000

Net Income -----------  $1,330,000

 

The company’s management is considering the possibility of employing full-time sales personnel. Three individuals would be required, at an estimated annual salary of $30,000 each, plus commissions of 5 percent of sales. In addition, a sales manager would be employed at a fixed annual salary of $160,000. All other fixed costs, as well as the variable cost percentages, would remain the same as the estimates in the 20x2 budgeted income statement.

 

Required:

 

1.  Compute Niagra Falls Sporting Goods’ estimated break-even point in sales dollars for the year ending December 31, 20x2, based on the budgeted income statement prepared by the controller.

 

2.  Compute the estimated break-even point in sales dollars for the year ending December 31, 20x2, if the company employs its own sales personnel.

 

3.  Compute the estimated volume in sales dollars that would be required for the year ending December 31, 20x2, to yield the same net income as projected in the budgeted income statement, if management continues to use the independent sales agents and agrees to their demand for a 25 percent sales commission. 

 

4.  Compute the estimated volume in sales dollars that would generate an identical net income for the year ending December 31, 20x2, regardless of whether Niagra Falls Sporting Goods Company employs its own sales personnel or continues to use the independent sales agents and pays them a 25 percent commission.

 

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