# What is Cost-Volume-Profit (CVP)?

Cost-Volume-Profit (CVP) examines the relationships between sales, costs, and profits. It helps in determining how changes in sales volume, price, and costs will impact a company’s net income.

In other words, CVP analysis allows businesses to make informed decisions about pricing, production, and cost control to achieve their desired level of profitability. The primary goal of CVP analysis is to identify the breakeven point, which is the point where the revenue from sales is equal to the total costs.

To better understand CVP analysis, let’s consider an example of a company that produces and sells t-shirts. The company has the following information for the year:

• Sales price per t-shirt: \$20
• Variable cost per t-shirt: \$10
• Fixed costs: \$50,000

Using this information, we can calculate the breakeven point for the company using the following formula:

Breakeven point (units) = Fixed costs / (Sales price per unit – Variable cost per unit)

Breakeven point (units) = \$50,000 / (\$20 – \$10) Breakeven point (units) = 5,000 units

This means that the company needs to sell 5,000 t-shirts to cover its fixed and variable costs and break even. If the company sells less than 5,000 t-shirts, it will incur a loss, and if it sells more, it will make a profit.

Breakeven + Target Profit

Using the breakeven point, the company can also calculate its target profit. Suppose the company wants to earn a profit of \$25,000. In that case, we can use the following formula to calculate the number of t-shirts that the company needs to sell to achieve this target:

Target units = (Fixed costs + Target profit) / (Sales price per unit – Variable cost per unit) Target units = (\$50,000 + \$25,000) / (\$20 – \$10) Target units = 7,500 units

Therefore, the company needs to sell 7,500 t-shirts to achieve its target profit of \$25,000.

In conclusion, CVP analysis is a valuable tool for businesses to evaluate their profitability and make informed decisions about pricing, production, and cost control. By understanding the relationships between sales, costs, and profits, businesses can make strategic decisions that improve their bottom line.

Caroline Grimm

Caroline Grimm is an accounting educator and a small business enthusiast. She holds Masters and Bachelor degrees in Business Administration. She is the author of 13 books and the creator of Accounting How To YouTube channel and blog. For more information visit: https://accountinghowto.com/about/