Cost allocation and decision making. Reidland Manufacturing has four divisions: Acme, Dune, Stark, and Brothers. Corporate headquarters is in Minnesota. Reidland corporate headquarters incurs costs of $16,800,000 per period, which is an indirect cost of the divisions. Corporate headquarters currently allocates this cost to the divisions based on the revenues of each division. The CEO has asked each division manager to suggest an allocation base for the indirect headquarters costs from among revenues, segment margin, direct costs, and number of employees. The following is relevant information about each division:

1. Allocate the indirect headquarters costs of Reidland Manufacturing to each of the four divisions using revenues, direct costs, segment margin, and number of employees as the allocation bases. Calculate operating margins for each division after allocating headquarters costs.

2. Which allocation base do you think the manager of the Brothers division would prefer? Explain.

3. What factors would you consider in deciding which allocation base Reidland should use?

4. Suppose the Reidland CEO decides to use direct costs as the allocation base. Should the Brothers division be closed? Why or why not?

 

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