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I need help with the variances please. It just isnt sinking in and my exam is in less than 2 weeks.
Is there a way the jibberishness can be made understandable. Am trying to work through practise CBAs but I cant figure them out!
For example the CBA 2 questions to finding variances....
Budget Actual
Production 200,000 190,000
Direct M 1000ltrs 9000 1000ltrs 8500
How do I work out materials usage and price from these figures??
Standard quantity of material for actual production at the standard price
please help..
Is there a way the jibberishness can be made understandable. Am trying to work through practise CBAs but I cant figure them out!
For example the CBA 2 questions to finding variances....
Budget Actual
Production 200,000 190,000
Direct M 1000ltrs 9000 1000ltrs 8500
How do I work out materials usage and price from these figures??
Standard quantity of material for actual production at the standard price
please help..
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I need help with the variances please. It just isnt sinking in and my exam is in less than 2 weeks.
Is there a way the jibberishness can be made understandable. Am trying to work through practise CBAs but I cant figure them out!
For example the CBA 2 questions to finding variances....
Budget Actual
Production 200,000 190,000
Direct M 1000ltrs 9000 1000ltrs 8500
How do I work out materials usage and price from these figures??
Standard quantity of material for actual production at the standard price
please help..
The actual production was 190,000 so you would expect it to cost £8,550. This means the total variance is £50 favourable. You would have also have expected to use 950 litres in production.
This total variance is split into two types. Price and Usage. So Price Variance + Usage Variance = Total Variance.
Price = The difference due to more expensive or cheaper direct materials.
Usage = The difference which is due to using more/less materials than planned.
So for price, compare the different prices of the materials. You can see that you budgeted £9000 for 1000 litres (£9 a litre) but have actually paid £8500 for 1000 litres (£8.50), so thats a favourable price variance of £500 (50p x 1000 litres).
The usage variance is due to you having used 1000 litres in production where as you had only planned to use 950 litres. This is an adverse usage of 50 litres. The standard price of one litre is £9, so the total adverse usage variance is £450 (9x50).
I'm not very good at explaining things but I hope this is of some help. What text book are you using to revise from?0 
Hello, thanks for that, I think I am finally getting it and just going to have to do practise papers over and over until the exam next Friday and fingers crossed the CBA is similar to what I have been practising..
Am studying out of the BPP book which I find much better than the Osborne book.0 
This sounds very similar to "budgeting"; if I'm doing "financial performance" after "budgeting" can I expect to zoom through financial performance because the two subjects seem similar?0

I think budgeting is very similar but not really touched on that yet but I will be doing it next after my Financial Performance exam.0

I think budgeting is the easy version of financial performance; i.e. budgeting, in an ideal world, should be done before financial performance in order to allow the student to learn the basics.
I'm quite interested to find out how similar the two are and if I'm doing financial performance straight after budgeting will this help me to get financial performance done quicker.0 
You have been given the following information:
Budgeted overheads are £468,000
Budgeted output is 50,000 units and 10,000 labour hours
Actual output is 49,600 units and 11,000 actual labour hours
Actual overheads are £470,000
What is the fixed overhead volume variance for this? absorpted through hours? I have figured out capacity and efficiency but not the volume. Probably cuz i cant work out the absorption rate :(0 
oops, perhaps I should have done budgeting first, probably why I am finding Financial performance quite hard lol0

This looks exactly like a budgeting question; see pages 141  150 of the Kaplan Budgeting Book.
Anyway,
In order to calculate volume variance I think you need to:
Volume variance = Budgeted OH  Standard OH
Budgeted OH = £468,000 (as per question)
Consequently, all we need to do is calculate standard OH
Standard OH = Standard OH rate x actual output
Standard OH rate = budgeted OH / budgeted output
= £468,000 / 50,000 units
= £9.36 / unit
Actual output = 49,600 units
Consequently,
Standard OH = £9.36/unit x 49,600 units
= £464,256
Volume variance = £468,000  £464,256
= £3,744 adverse
Also:
Volume variance = Capacity variance + Efficiency variance
= £46,800 favourable + 50,544 adverse
= £3,744 adverse
Hopefully the above answer is right, it's probably wrong as I haven't even started financial performance yet.0
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