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Case Analysis #1 Galaxy Incorporated Due no later than 11:00 PM Atlantic Time on Sunday in Unit 3. Worth 6% of the course grade.

Case Analysis #1Galaxy Incorporated

Due no later than 11:00 PM Atlantic Time on Sunday in Unit 3.
Worth 6% of the course grade.


  • to develop an ability to identify and assume an assigned role;
  • to be able to identify and rank the importance of explicit issues;
  • illustrate the importance of hidden (undirected) issues that arise from a detailed analysis;
  • to identify accounting issues (GAAP/IFRS compliance issues), assess their implications, generate alternatives, and provide recommendations within the bounds of GAAP/IFRS to meet the client’s needs;
  • to examine how accounting standards impact financial measures (ratios, covenants, etc); and
  • to prepare a coherent report and integrated analysis that meets specific user needs.


In order to complete your case analysis successfully:

  • identify the role you are playing;
  • assess the financial reporting landscape, considering the user needs, constraints, and business environment;
  • identify the issues;
  • analyze the issues (qualitatively and quantitatively); and
  • provide a recommendation and conclusion.

An average grade will result from answering all questions with basic coverage and accuracy, showing all your work. Additional points come from including greater detail, astute, informed commentary where appropriate and connections to readings and other content.

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You are a Consultant for the professional service firm, BUSI 2083 LLP. Your firm specializes in providing a wide variety of internal business solutions for different clients. It is your first day on the job and a Manager asks you for some help with a client in the aerospace sector. Eager to please on your first day, you head over to Galaxy Incorporated and sit down with the Executive Vice President to obtain more information.

“That R2D2 model is such a stinker! I think it's time to cut back its production and shift our resources toward the new BB8 model,” said Justin Medakiewicz, Executive VP of Galaxy Incorporated. “Take a look at this Income Statement I've received from accounting. The BB8 is generating over eight times as much profit as the R2D2 on one-sixth of the unit sales. I'm convinced that we should focus on the BB8 going forward.” The year-end statement which Justin was referring to is shown below.












Cost of Goods Sold




Gross Margin




Less: Selling and Administrative Expenses




Operating Income




Number of Units Produced and Sold





“The numbers sure look that way,” replied Melissa Montoro, the company's sales manager. “But why isn't the competition interested in replicating the BB8? I know we've been producing the model for only three years, but I'm surprised that more of our competitors haven't recognized what a cash cow it is.”

“I think it's our new automated plant,” replied Justin . “Now it takes only two direct labour-hours to produce a unit of the R2D2 and three direct labour-hours to produce a unit of the BB8. That's considerably less than it used to take us.”

“I agree that automation is very beneficial,” replied Melissa. “I suppose that's how we're able to hold down the price of the BB8. Trekkie Corporation in the UK tried to bring out a BB8 but discovered they couldn't come close to matching our price. But Trekkie is killing us on the R2D2 by undercutting our price with some of our best customers. I suppose they'll pick up all of our R2D2 business if we move out of that market. But who cares? We don't even have to advertise the BB8; it just seems to sell itself.”

“My only concern about automation is how our manufacturing overhead rate has shot up,” said Justin. “Our total manufacturing overhead cost is $2,700,000. That comes out to be a hefty amount per direct labour-hour, but Timothy down in accounting has been using direct labour-hours as the base for computing overhead rates for years and doesn't want to change. I don't suppose it matters as long as costs get assigned to products.”

“I've never understood that debit and credit stuff,” replied Melissa. “But I think you've got a problem in production. I had lunch with Lily yesterday and she complained about how complex the BB8 is to produce. Apparently they have to do a lot of setups, special soldering, and other work on the BB8 just to keep production moving. And they have to inspect every single unit.”

 “It'll have to wait,” said Justin. “I'm writing a proposal to the board of directors to phase out the R2D2. We've got to increase our bottom line or we'll all be looking for jobs.”


  1. Compute the predetermined overhead rate based on direct labour-hours that the company used during the year. (There was no underapplied or overapplied overhead for the year.)
  2. Direct materials and direct labour costs per unit for the two products are as follows:




Direct Materials



Direct Labor



Using these data and the rate computed in (1) above, determine the unit product cost of each product under the company's traditional costing system.

  1. Assume that the company's $2,700,000 in manufacturing overhead cost can be assigned to six activity cost pools, as follows:




Expected Activity

Activity Cost Pool

Estimated Overhead Costs




Machine setups (number of setups)

$ 312,000

$ 1,600



Quality control (number of inspections)





Purchase orders (number of orders)





Soldering (number of solder joints)





Shipments (number of shipments)





Machine-related (machine-hours)











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