Clark Kent Inc. buys crypton for $.80 a gallon. At the end of processing in Dept. 1, crypton splits off into products plutonium,tantalum, and xenon. Plutonium is sold at the split-off point with no further processing. Tantalum and xenon require furtherprocessing before they can be sold. Tantalum is processed in Dept. 2, and xenon is processed in Dept. 3. Following is a summary ofcosts and other related data for the year ended December 31:Dept. 1Dept. 214,000$51,000 $65,000...10,000 26,500 49,000Factory overhead....Plutonium Tantalum Xenon45,00015,000$96,000$141,75020,00010,000$30,00030,000No inventories were on hand at the beginning of the year, and no crypton was on hand at the end of the year. All gallons on hand atthe end of the year were complete as to processing. Kent uses the net realizable value method of allocating joint costs.Step 1 - Find the following amounts.1. Calculate the allocation of joint costs.2. Calculate the total cost per unit for each product.Step 2 - In examining the product cost reports, Lois Lane, Vice President-Marketing, notes that the per-unit cost of tantalum isgreater than the selling price of $2.75 that can be received in the competitive marketplace. Lane wonders whether they should stopselling tantalum1. How did Lane determine that the product was being sold at a loss?2. What per unit cost should be used in determining whether tantalum should be sold?

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Clark Kent Inc. buys crypton for $.80 a gallon. At the end of processing in Dept. 1, crypton splits off into products plutonium,
tantalum, and xenon. Plutonium is sold at the split-off point with no further processing. Tantalum and xenon require further
processing before they can be sold. Tantalum is processed in Dept. 2, and xenon is processed in Dept. 3. Following is a summary of
costs and other related data for the year ended December 31:
Dept. 1
Dept. 2
14,000
$51,000 $65,000
...10,000 26,500 49,000
Factory overhead....
Plutonium Tantalum Xenon
45,000
15,000
$96,000$141,750
20,000
10,000
$30,000
30,000
No inventories were on hand at the beginning of the year, and no crypton was on hand at the end of the year. All gallons on hand at
the end of the year were complete as to processing. Kent uses the net realizable value method of allocating joint costs.
Step 1 - Find the following amounts.
1. Calculate the allocation of joint costs.
2. Calculate the total cost per unit for each product.
Step 2 - In examining the product cost reports, Lois Lane, Vice President-Marketing, notes that the per-unit cost of tantalum is
greater than the selling price of $2.75 that can be received in the competitive marketplace. Lane wonders whether they should stop
selling tantalum
1. How did Lane determine that the product was being sold at a loss?
2. What per unit cost should be used in determining whether tantalum should be sold?
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Clark Kent Inc. buys crypton for $.80 a gallon. At the end of processing in Dept. 1, crypton splits off into products plutonium, tantalum, and xenon. Plutonium is sold at the split-off point with no further processing. Tantalum and xenon require further processing before they can be sold. Tantalum is processed in Dept. 2, and xenon is processed in Dept. 3. Following is a summary of costs and other related data for the year ended December 31: Dept. 1 Dept. 2 14,000 $51,000 $65,000 ...10,000 26,500 49,000 Factory overhead.... Plutonium Tantalum Xenon 45,000 15,000 $96,000$141,750 20,000 10,000 $30,000 30,000 No inventories were on hand at the beginning of the year, and no crypton was on hand at the end of the year. All gallons on hand at the end of the year were complete as to processing. Kent uses the net realizable value method of allocating joint costs. Step 1 - Find the following amounts. 1. Calculate the allocation of joint costs. 2. Calculate the total cost per unit for each product. Step 2 - In examining the product cost reports, Lois Lane, Vice President-Marketing, notes that the per-unit cost of tantalum is greater than the selling price of $2.75 that can be received in the competitive marketplace. Lane wonders whether they should stop selling tantalum 1. How did Lane determine that the product was being sold at a loss? 2. What per unit cost should be used in determining whether tantalum should be sold?

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Joint Cost: Joint cost is the manufacturing cost incurred on a joint production process which takes common inputs but simultaneously produces multiple products called joint-products.

Net Realizable Value (NRV) Method –

For the products that require further processing, NRV method is the best suitable method as Cost, Additional Cost and Cost of Sales is also taken into consideration. The formula for Joint Cost allocation as

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Computation of Joint Cost Allocation-

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