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Chapter 5. Cost Behavior. Learning Objective 1. Describe the differences between fixed costs and variable costs. Example. Laura Jorgensen is planning a party. She identifies two major costs: 1. Entertainment (a live band) 2. Food and drinks. $3,650 was spent last year on this party:

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Chapter 5

Chapter 5

Cost Behavior


Learning objective 1

Learning Objective 1

Describe the differences between fixed costs and variable costs.


Example

Example

Laura Jorgensen is planning a party.

She identifies two major costs:

1. Entertainment (a live band)

2. Food and drinks

$3,650 was spent last year on this party:

♫ $525 for entertainment

☺ $3,125 for food and drinks


Example1

Example

The spending limit for this

event, this year, is $5,500.

Prices for entertainment and food and

drinks are expected to remain the same.

175 guests are expected to attend this

year’s party, compared to 125 last year.


Common cost behavior patterns

Common Cost Behavior Patterns

Cost behavior is the reaction of costs to

changes in levels of business activity.

Fixed Costs

Fixed costs remain constant in total

regardless of the level of activity.

What is the fixed cost per guest?


Common cost behavior patterns1

Common Cost Behavior Patterns

125 Guests175 Guests

Total fixed cost: $525 $525

125 Guests

Cost per guest: $525 ÷ 125 = $4.20

175 Guests

Cost per guest: $525 ÷ 175 = $3.00


Common cost behavior patterns2

Common Cost Behavior Patterns

Variable Costs

Variable costs are costs that change in direct

proportion with changes in the level of activity.

What is the variable cost per guest?

Cost per guest: $3,125 ÷ 125 = $25.00


Common cost behavior patterns3

Common Cost Behavior Patterns

What is the total variable cost for 175 guests?

$25 × 175 = $4,375


Learning objective 2

Learning Objective 2

Classify costs by cost behavior.


Comparison of cost behaviors

Comparison of Cost Behaviors

The measure of activity is shown

on the horizontal axis (the x-axis).

The x-axis is the independent variable.

The type of cost is shown on

the vertical axis (the y-axis).

The y-axis is the dependent variable.


Graph of a fixed cost

y

Cost of the Band

$525

x

Number of Guests

Graph of a Fixed Cost


Graph of a variable cost

$4,375

175

Graph of a Variable Cost

y

Cost of Catering

x

Number of Guests


Determining total cost

Determining Total Cost

Total Costs

= Fixed Costs

+ Variable Costs


Determining total cost1

Determining Total Cost

What is the total cost for 175 guests?

Total fixed cost = $525

Total variable cost: $25 × 175 = $4,375

Total cost: $525 + $4,375 = $4,900


Graph of total costs

y

$4,900

$525

x

175

Graph of Total Costs


Learning objective 3

Learning Objective 3

Explain the concept of relevant range and its effect on cost behavior information.


Relevant range

Relevant Range

The range of activity within which

cost behavior assumptions are

valid is called the relevant range.


Relevant range of fixed costs

y

Relevant

Range

Fixed Cost

x

Activity

Relevant Range of Fixed Costs


Relevant range of fixed costs1

Relevant Range of Fixed Costs

y

Relevant

Range

Variable Cost

x

Activity


Learning objective 4

Learning Objective 4

Describe the characteristics of a mixed cost and the four basic approaches to separating a mix cost into its fixed and variable components.


Mixed costs

Mixed Costs

Mixed costs contain elements of both

fixed- and variable-cost behavior.


Graph of mixed cost

Variable

Component

y

Cost

Fixed

Component

x

Activity

Graph of Mixed Cost


Identifying the fixed and variable elements of a mixed cost

Identifying the Fixed and Variable Elements of a Mixed Cost

The engineering approach

Scatter graphing

The high-low method

Regression analysis


The engineering approach

The Engineering Approach

This approach relies on engineers or

other professionals who are familiar

with the technical aspect of the

activity and the associated cost.

The engineering approach may employ

time-and-motion studies or other

aspects of scientific management.


Scatter graphing

Scatter Graphing

The scatter graph plots historical activity

and cost data on a graph to see how a

cost relates to various levels of activity.

The analyst places a straight line through

the visual center of the points plotted on

the graph, so roughly half the dots are

above the line and half are below the line.


A scatter graph

y

Cost

x

Activity

A Scatter Graph


The high low method

The High-Low Method

In the high-low method, only two

of the data points are used to

determine the fixed and

variable cost components.

The highest and lowest

observations are picked.


Regression analysis

Regression Analysis

Regression analysis, also called the

least-squares method or linear

regression analysis, is a mathematical

approach to determining fixed and

variable cost with statistical accuracy.


Regression analysis1

Regression Analysis

The basic mathematical equation is:

Y = a + bX

Where:

Y =The dependent variable

a =The Y intercept, or the amount for Y

when X is zero

b =The slope coefficient

X = The independent variable


Regression analysis2

Regression Analysis

When applying regression analysis to

find the fixed and variable elements

of a mixed cost, the variables in

the regression equation are

defined as follows:

Y=total cost

a=fixed cost

b=unit variable cost

X=activity level


Regression analysis3

Regression Analysis

Microsoft Excel’s Chart Wizard uses

a four-step sequence to do the

graphing and mathematical

computations to approximate

costs at various levels of activity.


Learning objective 5

Learning Objective 5

Determine the fixed and variable components of a mixed cost using scatter graphs and the high-low method.


Scatter graph example

Scatter Graph Example

The sales manager for Hinds Wholesale

Supply Company needs to estimate the

expected delivery vehicle operating

cost (maintenance) for 2005.


Scatter graph example1

Truck

Number

Miles

Driven

Packages

Delivered

Maintenance

Cost

202

204

205

301

422

460

520

15,000

11,000

24,000

30,000

31,000

26,000

20,000

1,200

1,000

1,500

1,500

500

1,000

2,000

$2,000

$1,600

$2,200

$2,400

$2,600

$2,200

$2,000

Scatter Graph Example

Vehicle Data for 2004:


Scatter graph example2

Estimated Line

Scatter Graph Example

Maintenance Cost and Miles Driven


Scatter graph example3

Scatter Graph Example

Maintenance Cost and Miles Driven

Total Cost

= Fixed Cost + Variable Cost

Total Mixed Cost

= Fixed Cost Element + Variable Cost Element

Total Mixed Cost

= $1,100 + Variable Cost Element


Scatter graph example4

Scatter Graph Example

Maintenance Cost and Miles Driven


Scatter graph example5

Scatter Graph Example

Maintenance Cost and Miles Driven

MilesCost

34,000$2,700

0 1,100

34,000$1,600

$1,600 ÷ 34,000

= $0.047059 or 4.7 cents per mile


Scatter graph example6

Scatter Graph Example

Maintenance Cost and Miles Driven

Vehicle maintenance cost

= $1,100 + $0.047 per mile driven

What is the estimated maintenance cost for

a truck that will be driven 28,000 miles?

$1,100 + ($0.047 × 28,000) = $2,416


Scatter graph example7

Truck

Number

Miles

Driven

Packages

Delivered

Maintenance

Cost

202

204

205

301

422

460

520

15,000

11,000

24,000

30,000

31,000

26,000

20,000

1,200

1,000

1,500

1,500

500

1,000

2,000

$2,000

$1,600

$2,200

$2,400

$2,600

$2,200

$2,000

Scatter Graph Example

Maintenance Cost and Packages Delivered


Scatter graph example8

Scatter Graph Example

Maintenance Cost and Packages Delivered


High low method example

Maintenance Cost and Miles Driven

Truck

Number

Miles

Driven

Packages

Delivered

Maintenance

Cost

202

204

205

301

422

460

520

15,000

11,000

24,000

30,000

31,000

26,000

20,000

1,200

1,000

1,500

1,500

500

1,000

2,000

$2,000

$1,600

$2,200

$2,400

$2,600

$2,200

$2,000

High-Low Method Example


High low method example1

($2,600 – $1,600)

(31,000 – 11,000)

=

$1,000

20,000

=

$0.05

High-Low Method Example

Maintenance Cost and Miles Driven

What is the fixed

cost element?


High low method example2

High-Low Method Example

Maintenance Cost and Miles Driven:

High Observation

$2,600 = Fixed cost + (31,000 × $0.05)

Fixed cost = $2,600 – $1,550 = $1,050

$1,050 is the fixed cost element.


High low method example3

High-Low Method Example

Maintenance Cost and Miles Driven:

Low Observation

$1,600 = Fixed cost + (11,000 × $0.05)

Fixed cost = $1,600 – $550 = $1,050

What is the estimated maintenance cost

for a truck to be driven 28,000 miles?

$1,050 + (28,000 × $0.05) = $2,450


End of chapter 5

End of Chapter 5


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