Question

User Friendly Computer Inc., with headquarters in Nepean, Ontario, manufactures and sells a premium desktop computer system. User Friendly has three divisions, each of which is located in a different country:
a. China Division—manufactures memory devices and keyboards.
b. South Korea Division—assembles desktop computers using internally manufactured parts and memory devices and keyboards from the China Division.
c. Canada Division—packages and distributes desktop computer packages.
Each division is run as a profit centre. The costs for the work done in each division for
a single desktop computer system are as follows:
Each desktop computer package is sold to retail outlets in Canada for $3,200. Assume that the current foreign exchange rates are:
8 yuan = $1 Cdn.
1,200 won = $1 Cdn.
Both the China and South Korea Divisions sell part of their production under a private label. The China Divis ion sells the comparable memory/keyboard package used in each User Friendly desktop computer to a Chinese manufacturer for 3,600 yuan. The South Korea division sells the comparable desktop computer package to a South Korean distributor for 1,560,000 won.
REQUIRED
1. Calculate the after-tax operating income per unit earned by each division under each of the following transfer-pricing methods: (a) market price, (b) 200% of full cost, and (c) 300% of variable cost. (Income taxes are not included in the computation of the cost-based transfer prices.)
2. Which transfer-pricing method(s) will maximize the after-tax operating income per unit of User Friendly Computer Inc.?


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