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Exercise 10.9 (Algorithmic) Residual Income and Investment Decisions Jarriot, Inc., presented two years of data for its Furniture Division and its...

Exercise 10.9 (Algorithmic) 

Residual Income and Investment Decisions

Jarriot, Inc., presented two years of data for its Furniture Division and its Houseware Division.

Furniture Division:       Year 1Year 2Sales$35,500,000$38,400,000Operating income1,350,0001,580,000Average operating assets2,140,0002,140,000Houseware Division:       Year 1Year 2Sales$11,700,000$12,600,000Operating income700,000600,000Average operating assets5,650,0005,650,000At the end of Year 2, the manager of the Houseware Division is concerned about the division's performance. As a result, he is considering the opportunity to invest in two independent projects. The first is called the Espresso-Pro; it is an in-home espresso maker that can brew regular coffee as well as make espresso and latte drinks. While the market for espresso drinkers is small initially, he believes this market can grow, especially around gift-giving occasions. The second is the Mini-Prep appliance that can be used to do small chopping and dicing chores that do not require a full-sized food processor. Without the investments, the division expects that Year 2 data will remain unchanged. The expected operating incomes and the outlay required for each investment are as follows:

Espresso-ProMini-PrepOperating income$28,000$15,000Outlay180,000130,000Jarriot's corporate headquarters has made available up to $510,000 of capital for this division. Any funds not invested by the division will be retained by headquarters and invested to earn the company's minimum required rate of return, 7 percent.


1. Compute the residual income for each of the opportunities.

Espresso-Pro residual income$  Mini-Prep residual income$  

2. Compute the divisional residual income for each of the following four alternatives:

a. The Espresso-Pro is added.


b. The Mini-Prep is added.


c. Both investments are added.


d. Neither investment is made; the status quo is maintained.


Assuming that divisional managers are evaluated and rewarded on the basis of residual income, which alternative do you think the divisional manager will choose?

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Both projects

Status quo

Item 7


3. Assuming that management acts as you recommend in requirement 2, compute the change in profit (loss) from the divisional manager's investment decision.

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Item 8


Was the correct decision made?

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Item 10


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