Waterway Beauty Corporation manufactures cosmetic products that are sold through a network of sales agents. The agents are paid a

Waterway Beauty Corporation manufactures cosmetic products that are sold through a network of sales agents. The agents are paid a commission of 21% of sales. The income statement for the year ending December 31, 2020, is as follows.
WATERWAY BEAUTY CORPORATION
Income Statement
For the Year Ended December 31, 2020
Sales $79,000,000
Cost of goods sold
Variable $32,390,000
Fixed 8,750,000 41,140,000
Gross margin $37,860,000
Selling and marketing expenses
Commissions $16,590,000
Fixed costs 10,607,200 27,197,200
Operating income $10,662,800
The company is considering hiring its own sales staff to replace the network of agents. It will pay its salespeople a commission of 9% and incur additional fixed costs of $9,480,000.
A. Calculate the company’s break-even point in sales dollars for the year 2017 if it hires its own sales force to replace the network of agents.
B. Calculate the degre


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