Self-Study Course Details
Margin profitability analysis provides relevant decision-making information for setting prices, product design, and product profitability. Analysis of whether to open or close locations or divisions can also be done with marginal profitability analysis.
The course starts by defining marginal costs and marginal profits and then explains how to calculate marginal profitability. You will learn how to create cost-volume-profit (CVP) analyses and break-even analysis. Marginal profitability is compared to traditional full absorption product costing or activity-based costing to identify the pros and cons of each method and when each is appropriate.
The course provides practical examples of making decisions with marginal profitability analysis. Examples include determining optimal production amounts and which products to promote. The final section explains how to calculate the change in profitability from a price increase and a price decrease. A worksheet template is provided for this analysis.
- Explore the definitions of marginal costs and marginal profitability
- Discover how to use a cost-volume-profit analysis and breakeven analysis
- Identify the pros and cons of using marginal profitability analysis, activity-based costing, and traditional full absorption costing.
- Explore the following keys factors to profitability: cannibalization, excess capacity, and step-fixed costs
- Recognize the best uses for marginal profitability analysis
Rob Stephens is the Founder of CFO Perspective, where he provides financial consulting and education to small businesses. He has been quoted in Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, Business Insider, Business News Daily, and many other news sources. Rob has a 20-year career that includes serving as CFO for two banks and a health clinic system. He was also Director of Operations at a $4 Billion bank and SVP of Finance of a $2 Billion credit union, where he was Program Manager of an investment advisory group with $170 Million in assets under management. Rob is an adjunct instructor for the MBA program at Gonzaga University.
Rob holds a Masters of Science in Personal Financial Planning and a Graduate Certificate in Financial Therapy from Kansas State University. He received a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington and is a CPA.
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