trident acc202 module 3 casestudy and SLP



module 3 case study

Managerial accounting emphasizes short-term profit analysis, so the income statement is very important. Consequently, we’ll examine and discuss income statements in this case.

Keep the analysis from the SLP in mind when addressing the questions below.

  • Explain the main differences between the absorption and contribution (behavioral, variable) income statements. Will net income always be the same under the two approaches? If not, explain the difference.
  • Comment specifically on why companies feel the need to create yet another income statement in a different format. What information can the company gleam from this approach which is helpful as a tool in the decision making process.
  • Explain situations in which break-even analysis can be a useful tool. Provide a specific example.

The submission should be 2 to 4 pages and need to include answers to all the questions listed above. Include references in APA format.

Modular Case Expectations

It is important to answer the questions above. The discussion should be two to four pages and written in a clear and concise manner. Support your discussion with references in APA format. You are encouraged to use Excel or other compatible spreadsheet when computations are involved.

module 3 SLP

Below find production and sales information for Herrestad Company. We will use this same company for the remaining SLPs.

Product information

Beginning inventory


Units produced


Units sold


Selling price per unit


Variable costs per unit

Direct material


Direct labor


Variable overhead


Variable selling and administrative


Fixed costs

Fixed manufacturing overhead


Fixed selling and administrative


Herrestad Company

Absorption Income Statement

For the period ending Dec. 31, 2011



Cost of goods sold


Gross profit (margin)


Selling and administrative expenses


Net income



Prepare a contribution margin (behavioral, variable) income statement for Herrestad Company, compare net operating profit from a contribution margin income statement with net income from an absorption income statement, and explain why this difference happens. Prepare a second version assuming the selling price per unit increases to $270 per unit.

Use the original information to:

  • Determine the number of units the company must sell to break even for the year?
  • Compute break even assuming direct materials cost increase from $100 to $130, but all information remains the same.

The submission should be 2 to 4 pages and need to include answers to all the questions listed above. Show computations, discuss the results and include references in APA format.



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