Alpine Luggage has a capacity to produce 380,000 suitcases per year. The company is currently producing and selling 300,000 units per year at a selling price of $396 per case. The cost of producing and selling one case follows:Variable manufacturing costs$156Fixed manufacturing costs42Variable selling and administrative costs76Fixed selling and administrative costs20Total costs$294The company has received a special order for 20,000 suitcases at a price of $250 per case. It will not have to pay any sales commission on the special order, so the variable selling and administrative costs would be only $51 per suitcase. The special order would have no effect on total fixed costs. The company has rejected the offer based on the following computations:Selling price per case$250Variable manufacturing costs156Fixed manufacturing costs42Variable selling and administrative costs51Fixed selling and administrative costs20Net profit (loss) per case$(19)Required:a. What is the impact on profit for the year if Alpine accepts the special order? (Enter your answers in thousands of dollars. Select option “higher” or “lower”, keeping Status Quo as the base. Select “none” if there is no effect.)b. Do you agree with the decision to reject the special order?YesNo
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