Indicate the minimum price at which the contract could be undertaken, such that the business would be neither better nor worse off as a result of doing it.

Andrews and Co. Ltd has been invited to tender for a contract. It is to produce 10,000 metres

 

of an electrical cable in which the business specialises. The estimating department of the business has produced the following information relating to the contract:

Materials: The cable will require a steel core, which the business buys in. The steel core is

to be coated with a special plastic, also bought in, using a special process. Plastic for the

covering will be required at the rate of 0.10 kg/metre of completed cable.

Direct labour: Skilled: 10 minutes/metre; Unskilled: 5 minutes/metre.

The business already holds sufficient of each of the materials required to complete the

contract. Information on the cost of the inventories is as follows:

The steel core is in constant use by the business for a variety of work that it regularly undertakes.

The plastic is a surplus from a previous contract where a mistake was made and an

excess quantity ordered. If the current contract does not go ahead, this plastic will be scrapped.

Unskilled labour, which is paid at the rate of £7.50 an hour, will need to be taken on specifically

to undertake the contract. The business is fairly quiet at the moment which means that

a pool of skilled labour exists that will still be employed at full pay of £12 an hour to do

nothing if the contract does not proceed. The pool of skilled labour is sufficient to complete

the contract.

Required:

Indicate the minimum price at which the contract could be undertaken, such that the business

would be neither better nor worse off as a result of doing it.

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