Finance Formulas / July 17, 2018 / Alyvia French
The accounting equation is sometimes referred to as the "basic accounting equation" or balance sheet equation could also be written as Shareholders' Equity = Assets – Liabilities, where the statement is rearranged to reflect the residual claim of equity owners. Alternatively, one can rearrange the accounting statement and the results of the equation will still hold if done properly.
Contribution margin is used by management when making pricing decisions. This is especially true in special pricing or special order situations where fixed costs are sunk costs and should not be factored into the decision whether to accept or reject. Negative or low contribution margins indicate a product line or business segment may not be profitable.
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