Megatronics Corporation, a massive retailer of electronic products, is organized in four separate divisions. The four divisional managers are evaluated at year-end, and bonuses are awarded based on ROI. Last year, the company as a whole produced a 13 percent return on its investment.
During the past week, management of the company’s Western Division was approached about the possibility of buying a competitor that had decided to redirect its retail activities. (If the competitor is acquired, it will be acquired at its book value.) The data that follow relate to recent performance of the Western Division and the competitor:
Western Division Competitor
Sales $ 4,200,000 $ 2,600,000
Variable costs 70 % of sales 65 % of sales
Fixed costs $ 1,075,000 $ 835,000
Invested capital $ 925,000 $ 312,500
Management has determined that in order to upgrade the competitor to Megatronics’ standards, an additional $187,500 of invested capital would be needed.
Compute the current ROI of the Western Division and the division’s ROI if the competitor is acquired.
If divisional management is being evaluated on the basis of ROI, will the Western Division likely pursue acquisition of the competitor?
3-a. Compute the ROI of the competitor as it is now and after the intended upgrade.
If ROI is used as the basis for evaluation, would Megatronics Corporation likely be in favor of the acquisition of the competitor?
4. Calculate the Western Division's ROI after acquisition of competitor but before upgrading.
Assume that Megatronics uses residual income to evaluate performance and desires a 12 percent minimum return on invested capital. Compute the current residual income of the Western Division and the division’s residual income if the competitor is acquired.
If divisional management is being evaluated on the basis of residual income, will the Western Division likely pursue acquisition of the competitor?
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