# Pev Dec 2004

Options
Registered Posts: 24 New contributor 🐸
Can someone help me, Returned on Capital employed ratios for Factory A and B why is the calculated figure changed ? Any reason for this?

• Registered Posts: 88 Regular contributor ⭐
Options
Hi! If you could give details of the calculations that you did then people might be able to spot a mistake.
• Registered, Moderator Posts: 2,034 mod
Options
Return on Capital Employed...................Factory A.................................Factory B
Operating Profit....................................£150................10%................£308................4%
......Net Assets...................................£1500.....................................£7700
Sandy
sandy@sandyhood.com
www.sandyhood.com
• Registered Posts: 88 Regular contributor ⭐
Options
Is it just me, or does anyone else think the calculation of Labour Capacity Ratio is a bit odd in this paper? With the figures we are given, it is only possible to divide the budgeted labour hours by the "capacity" figures for each factory.

Osborne books tutorial (on page 215) defines:

capacity ratio = 100% x actual hours worked / budgeted hours.

The completely different calculation done in the paper is:

capacity ratio = 100% x budgeted hours / factory capacity

The Osborne definition has a direct relation to the capacity variance, which the other definition does not have, so it seems a more useful definition than the one in the exam paper.
• Registered Posts: 113 Dedicated contributor 🦉
Options
They're looking at two related, but slightly different, types of capacity.

The capacity ratio examines the amount of available resources being used, expressed in a formula this would be:

used resourcesaaaaa x 100
available resources

In the Osborne book, the ratio shows what proportion of the planned resources are actually being used, so the formula would be:

actual hoursaaaaa x 100
budgeted hours

The question in the AAT exam is asking you to calculate what proportion of the capacity of the factory you are actually using, so the formula would be

budgeted hoursaaaaa x 100
factory capacity
• Registered, Moderator Posts: 2,034 mod
Options
I agree with mehmet

This is one of those questions that you MUST READ before you answer.
It is not a control ratio produced after the accounting period has ended.
It relates to a budget.

This sort of feedforward ratio affects everyone, even accountancy practices.

If the clients are bringing in the tax returns at the beginning of January, the practice manager may well realise that the work that has come in equates to more than the hours available before they are sent to the tax office, then there is a problem and we have a capacity ratio of over 100%.

No doubt the work will be done by sub-contracting. But it is only by realising that there is more work than hours available, that the practice manager can know it is necessary to contact the sub-contractors.
Sandy
sandy@sandyhood.com
www.sandyhood.com
• Registered Posts: 24 New contributor 🐸
Options
Thank you all, Just did the working again on a new calculator and got the right answer.

Lizy