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Jordan, the owner of Unique Sinks, realizes that if he withdraws the full amount of dividend, and if the slump in housing starts continues into the next year, he may need to borrow more money than he can easily repay. He would like to alter strategies or operating plans during the fourth quarter so that he could pay at least a $50,000 dividend and end the year with $300,000 in cash to cover potential shortfalls in the next year. The Excel spreadsheet solution to the Self-Study Problem is available on the Wiley Web site at www.wiley.com/college/eldenburg.

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A. Modify the assumptions and perform sensitivity analyses to identify a set of cost reductions and/or payment deferrals that would allow Jordan to meet his goals. Leave all other assumptions unchanged.
1. List the changes in your final sensitivity analysis, and explain why you chose this set of changes.
2. Briefly explain what Jordan would need to do to implement each of these changes.
3. List several business risks or other factors that could influence whether the company would be able to achieve the desired results.
B. Return to the original assumptions. Now modify the assumptions and perform sensitivity analyses to determine what changes to volumes, prices, and/or customer collection patterns would provide the desired dividend. Leave all other assumptions unchanged.
1. List the changes in your final sensitivity analysis, and explain why you chose this set of changes.
2. Briefly explain what Jordan would need to do to implement each of these changes.
3. List several factors that could influence whether the company would be able to achieve the desired results.



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