course project overview

You own a frozen pizza manufacturing and distribution business. Our premium product, “Buzz all natural pizza” appeals to the adult learners at DeVry University.
A marketing survey revealed that this is a time-starved segment that is always in need of energy at the end of the day or week in order to do their schoolwork. Also being poor at time management this homogenous group requires a more direct form of energy, so that these students can reach peak academic performance. In order to meet this need, your pizza has caffeinated tomato sauce.
The Assignment
Obtain the course project workbook located in the class files. You are responsible for entering data in each of the worksheets (see tabs at the bottom). Each worksheet represents a deliverable. Data entry is required in the yellow highlighted cells. After you have input into the prescribed formulas, you are to explain the calculated answers.
Each worksheet is a separate deliverable.
There are instructions in each of the five (5) worksheets. This is a summary of the requirements for each deliverable.
(A)    The Operating Budget 

Input your forecast product mix, as provided by the Marketing department
Input the sales volume, as projected by your Field Sales managers.
Input the efficiency rate for your direct labor, as projected by the VP of Manufacturing
Input the sales commission, as provided by the VP of Sales and the department’s fixed costs
Input the administrative fixed costs as provided by the CFO.
Calculate and comment on the breakeven point
Calculate the sales volume needed to reach a target profit and comment

(B)    The Cash Budget

If needed, copy the sales from the 1st Quarter operating budget
Using an aging of the collection period, as provided by the credit manager, forecast cash receipts by month.
Calculate the cash disbursements by month
Determine the timing of a capital expenditure
Determine the timing and amount of financing

(C)    Performance Evaluation – Variance Analysis

Given actual results and the operating budgeted rates, prepare a flexible budget for one month.
Explain deviations from plan.

(D)    Incremental Analysis – Deciding whether to Outsource

Using the operating budget for the quarter, prepare the relevant costs for in-house production
Given avoidable costs, calculate whether the outsourcing decision will save costs in total.

(E)    Capital Investments – discounted cash flows

Input the cost of the project
Input the positive cash flows due to production cost savings
Decide on the “best” year in which to conduct major maintenance
Using Excel functions, given a “hurdle rate” calculate the project’s Net Present Value (=NPV) and the Internal Rate of Return (=IRR)
Calculate the payback period and profitability index.


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