Express Grow Inc., based in Lincoln, Nebraska, has two divisions:
• North Germany mining division, which mines potash in northern Germany
• U. S. processing division, which uses potash in manufacturing top- grade fertilizer
The processing division’s yield is 50%: It takes 2 tons of raw potash to produce 1 ton of top- grade fertilizer. Although all of the mining division’s output of 12,000 tons of potash is sent for processing in the United States, there is also an active market for potash in Germany. The foreign exchange rate is 0.80 Euro = $ 1 U. S. The following information is known about the two divisions:

1. Compute the annual pretax operating income, in U. S. dollars, of each division under the following transfer-pricing methods:
(a) 150% of full cost and
(b) Market price.
2. Compute the after- tax operating income, in U. S. dollars, for each division under the transfer- pricing methods in requirement 1. (Income taxes are not included in the computation of cost- based transfer price, and Express Grow does not pay U. S. income tax on income already taxed in Germany.)
3. If the two division managers are compensated based on after- tax division operating income, which transfer-pricing method will each prefer? Which transfer- pricing method will maximize the total after- tax operating income of Express Grow?
4. In addition to tax minimization, what other factors might Express Grow consider in choosing a transfer-pricingmethod?

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