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FLG Co (June 08 – Modified)

FLG Co has annual credit sales of $4.2 million and cost of sales of $1.89 million. Current assets consist of inventory and accounts receivable. Current liabilities consist of accounts payable and an overdraft with an average interest rate of 7% per year. The company gives two months’ credit to its customers and is allowed, on average, one month’s credit by trade suppliers. It has an operating cycle of three months.

Other relevant information:

Current ratio of FLG Co                                   1.4

Cost of long-term finance of FLG Co               11%


A. Discuss the key factors which determine the level of investment in current assets.
B. Briefly discuss the ways in which factoring can assist in the management of accounts receivable.
C. Calculate the size of the overdraft of FLG Co, the net working capital of the company and the total cost of financing its current assets.


FLG Co wishes to minimise its inventory costs. Annual demand for a raw material costing $12 per unit is 60,000 units per year. Inventory management costs for this raw material are as follows:

Ordering cost: $6 per order

Holding cost: $0.5 per unit per year

The supplier of this raw material has offered a bulk purchase discount of 1% for orders of 10,000 units or more. If bulk purchase orders are made regularly, it is expected that annual holding cost for this raw material will increase to $2 per unit per year.


(i) Calculate the total cost of inventory for the raw material when using the economic order quantity.

(ii) Determine whether accepting the discount offered by the supplier will minimise the total cost of inventory for the raw material. 

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