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Revising depreciation estimates Hard Bodies Co. is a fitness chain that has just completed its second year of operations. At the beginning of its first fiscal year, the company purchased fitness equipment at a cost of $600,000 and estimated that the equipment would have a useful life of five years and no residual value. The company uses the straight-line depreciation method. The company reported net income for the first two years of operations as follows: Mike Gambit, the company’s chief financial officer (CFO), has recently run financial models to predict future net income, and he expects net losses to continue at $(2,000) per year for the next three years. James Steed, the president of Hard Bodies, is concerned about these predictions, as he is under pressure from the company’s owner to return the company to Year 1 net income levels. If the company does not meet these goals, both he and Mike will likely be fired. Mike suggests that the company change the estimated useful life of the fitness equipment to 10 years and increase the equipment’s estimated residual value to $50,000. This will reduce depreciation expense and increase net income. 1. Evaluate the decision to change the equipment’s estimated useful life and estimated residual value to improve earnings. How does this change impact the usefulness of the company’s net income for external decision makers? 2. If Mike and James make the change, are they acting in an ethical manner? Explain.

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Revising depreciation estimates

Hard Bodies Co. is a fitness chain that has just completed its second year of operations. At the beginning of its first fiscal year, the company purchased fitness equipment at a cost of $600,000 and estimated that the equipment would have a useful life of five years and no residual value. The company uses the straight-line depreciation method. The company reported net income for the first two years of operations as follows:

Chapter 9, Problem 1TIF, Revising depreciation estimates Hard Bodies Co. is a fitness chain that has just completed its

Mike Gambit, the company’s chief financial officer (CFO), has recently run financial models to predict future net income, and he expects net losses to continue at $(2,000) per year for the next three years. James Steed, the president of Hard Bodies, is concerned about these predictions, as he is under pressure from the company’s owner to return the company to Year 1 net income levels. If the company does not meet these goals, both he and Mike will likely be fired. Mike suggests that the company change the estimated useful life of the fitness equipment to 10 years and increase the equipment’s estimated residual value to $50,000. This will reduce depreciation expense and increase net income.

  1. 1. Evaluate the decision to change the equipment’s estimated useful life and estimated residual value to improve earnings. How does this change impact the usefulness of the company’s net income for external decision makers?
  2. 2. If Mike and James make the change, are they acting in an ethical manner? Explain.

(a)

To determine

Evaluate decision to change the equipment’s estimated useful life and estimated residual value to improve earnings.

Explanation of Solution

Straight-line Depreciation: Under the straight-line method of depreciation, the same amount of depreciation is allocated every year over the estimated useful life of an asset. The formula to calculate the depreciation cost of the asset using the residual value is shown as below:

 Depreciation cost = (Cost of the assetResidual value)Estimated useful life of the asset

To estimate the factors that determines the value of depreciation expense in order to present an unique financial statement is a challenge for the company

To determine

Explain the impact of the change on the usefulness of the company’s net income for external decision makers.

(b)

To determine

Explain whether Mr. M and Mr. J are acting in an ethical manner.

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