Collins Office Supplies is considering a more liberal credit policy to increase sales, but expects that 9 percent of the new accounts will be uncollectible. Collection costs are 5 percent of new sales, production and selling costs are 78 percent, and accounts receivable turnover is five times. Assume income taxes of 30 percent and an increase in sales of $80,000. No other asset buildup will be
required to service the new accounts.
a. What is the level of accounts receivable needed to support this sales
b. What would be Collins’s incremental aftertax return on investment?
c. Should Collins liberalize credit if a 15 percent aftertax return on investment is required?
Assume Collins also needs to increase its level of inventory to support
new sales and that inventory turnover is four times.
d. What would be the total incremental investment in accounts receivable and
inventory to support an $80,000 increase in sales?
e. Given the income determined in part b and the investment determined in
part d, should Collins extend more liberal credit terms?
finance - Carol, Friday, June 19, 2009 at 5:56pm
a. Investment in accounts receivable =
b. Added sales $ 80,000
Accounts uncollectible (9% of new sales) – 7,200
Annual incremental revenue $ 72,800
Collection costs (5% of new sales) – 4,000
Production and selling costs
(78% of new sales) – 62,400
Annual income before taxes $ 6,400
Taxes (30%) – 1,920
Incremental income after taxes $ 4,480
Return on incremental investment = $4,480/$16,000 = 28%
c. Yes! 28% exceeds the required return of 15%.
d. Investment in inventory =
Total incremental investment
Accounts receivable 16,000
Incremental investment $36,000
$4,480/$36,000 = 12.44% return on investment
e. No! 12.44% is less than the required return of 15%.
finance - Anonymous, Friday, September 17, 2010 at 10:45pm
THis is more of a question how did you get the inventory question in part D?
finance - Alan, Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 2:24pm
answer to your question you take collection cost 5% of new sales which is 4,000 add 16,000 which is your a/c fiqure you got sales divided by a/c turnover which equal 20,000 which is your inventory..