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Nesud Co (Sep 16)

Nesud Co has credit sales of $45 million per year and on average settles accounts with trade payables after 60 days. One of its suppliers has offered the company an early settlement discount of 0.5% for payment within 30 days. Administration costs will be increased by $500 per year if the early settlement discount is taken. Nesud Co buys components worth $1.5 million per year from this supplier.

From a different supplier, Nesud Co purchases $2.4 million per year of Component K at a price of $5 per component. Consumption of Component K can be assumed to be at a constant rate throughout the year. The company orders components at the start of each month in order to meet demand and the cost of placing each order is $248.44. The holding cost for Component K is $1.06 per unit per year.

The finance director of Nesud Co is concerned that approximately 1% of credit sales turn into irrecoverable debts. In addition, she has been advised that customers of the company take an average of 65 days to settle their accounts, even though Nesud Co requires settlement within 40 days. Nesud Co finances working capital from an overdraft costing 4% per year. Assume there are 360 days in a year.

Required:

A. Evaluate whether Nesud Co should accept the early settlement discount offered by its supplier.
B. Evaluate whether Nesud Co should adopt an economic order quantity approach to ordering Component K.
C. Critically discuss how Nesud Co could improve the management of its trade receivables.

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