Question: Smith Petroleum has spent 204 000 to refine 62 000 gallons

Smith Petroleum has spent $ 204,000 to refine 62,000 gallons of petroleum dis-tillate, which can be sold for $ 6.40 per gallon. Alternatively, Smith can process the distillate further and produce 56,000 gallons of cleaner fluid. The additional processing will cost $ 1.75 per gallon of distillate. The cleaner fluid can be sold for $ 9.00 per gallon. To sell the cleaner fluid, Smith must pay a sales commission of $ 0.13 per gallon and a transportation charge of $ 0.18 per gallon.

1. Diagram Smith’s decision alternatives, using Exhibit 25- 18 as a guide.
2. Identify the sunk cost. Is the sunk cost relevant to Smith’s decision?
3. Should Smith sell the petroleum distillate or process it into cleaner fluid? Show the expected net revenue difference between the two alternatives.

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