Software Associates

1683 Words Mar 20th, 2013 7 Pages
Assignment 1: Variance Analysis Report
In order to perform a variance analysis report Jenkins calculated the actual revenues and expenses and found the difference which was $296,610 in profits. Then Jenkins did the same with budgeted values and found the budgeted profits to be $606,350. The variance amount in turn is $309,960 under budget. Also, the variance amount for revenues is $32,100. This number is favorable due to the fact that they made more than what they had budgeted for. But on the contrary, the variance amount for expenses was $342,060, which was unfavorable because they spent far more than what they had budgeted for.
This information would not be sufficient in order to explain to Norton why their profit percentage is nearly
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The total expense variance was found to be $342,060. The extra hours worked created more costs than the extra revenue acquired.
This puts the company in an awful position. The budget was not planned out very well. The price of the billed labor decreased while more labor was done and less was billed for. This is an equation for disaster as you can see. More planning must be taken when figuring out a budget and Software Associates must stick strictly to the budget for reasons like this. Numbers can add up quickly.
Assignment 3: Expense Analysis: Spending and Volume Variance Analysis of Operating Expenses
Jenkins then needed to analyze the expense analysis. Many of the expenses for Software Associates were not entirely fixed costs or variable costs. Rather, many of the expenses were a combination of fixed and variable costs. Therefore, Jenkins evaluated the overhead of the company and prepared Exhibit 3, which shows her judgment about each expenses degree of variability. Due to the increased expenses per consultant, it is also important to study how costs change with the additional consultant.
In order to examine the relationship of overhead costs and number of consultants, Jenkins found the amount of the budget, which was deemed variable, and which was deemed fixed. The budgeted variable amount was obtained by multiplying each expense’s budgeted amount by the percent in which was expected to be variable. Then, she subtracted the budgeted
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