Degrees of Leverage

timer Asked: Apr 15th, 2014

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Assume that two companies, Brake, Inc. and Carbo, Inc., have the following operating results:

Brake, Inc.

Carbo, Inc.




Variable Costs



Fixed Costs



Operating Income




  1. Calculate the contribution margins for the two companies.
  2. Calculate the break-even point for each firm, in dollars and in units.
  3. Compare the two companies. What conclusions could you make regarding the use of operating leverage employed by the two firms?
  4. Assume that both companies experience an increase in sales by 15% next year.  What would be the operating income for each firm net year? Explain the difference in the change in operating income between the two companies.
  5. Based on the information from the above questions, what recommendations would you make to the two companies and why?

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