Townsend Chemical Company makes a variety of cosmetic products, one of which is a skin cream designed to reduce the

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Townsend Chemical Company makes a variety of cosmetic products, one of which is a skin cream designed to reduce the signs of aging. Townsend produces a relatively small amount (15,000 units) of the cream and is considering the purchase of the product from an outside supplier for $9 each. If Townsend purchases from the outside supplier, it would continue to sell and distribute the cream under its own brand name. Townsend's accountant constructed the following profitability analysis:
Revenue (15,000 units × $20)....................................$300,000
Unit-level materials costs (15,000 units × $2.50)...............(37,500)
Unit-level labor costs (15,000 units × $1.80)...................(27,000)
Unit-level overhead costs (15,000 × $0.70).....................(10,500)
Unit-level selling expenses (15,000 × $1.00)..................(15,000)
Contribution margin...............................................210,000
Skin cream production supervisor's salary.....................(75,000)
Allocated portion of facility-level costs........................(45,000)
Product-level advertising cost....................................(50,000)
Contribution to companywide income...........................$ 40,000
Required
a. Identify the cost items relevant to the make-or-outsource decision.
b. Should Townsend continue to make the product or buy it from the supplier? Support your answer by determining the change in net income if Townsend buys the cream instead of making it.
c. Suppose that Townsend is able to increase sales by 10,000 units (sales will increase to 25,000 units). At this level of production, should Townsend make or buy the cream? Support your answer by explaining how the increase in production affects the cost per unit.
d. Discuss the qualitative factors that Townsend should consider before deciding to outsource the skin cream. How can Townsend minimize the risk of establishing a relationship with an unreliable supplier?
Contribution Margin
Contribution margin is an important element of cost volume profit analysis that managers carry out to assess the maximum number of units that are required to be at the breakeven point. Contribution margin is the profit before fixed cost and taxes...

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