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13 October 2016
Professor Karina Kasztelnik
American Public University Complete case study 2-7 at the end of Chapter 2. The paper must be formatted according to APA
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Case 2-7 Milton Manufacturing Company
Milton Manufacturing Company produces a variety of textiles for distribution to wholesale manufacturers of
clothing products. The company?s primary operations are located in Long Island City, New York, with branch
factories and warehouses in several surrounding cities. Milton Manufacturing is a closely held company. Irv Milton
is the president of the company. He started the business in 2002 and it grew in revenue from $500,000 to $5.0
million in 10 years. However, the revenues declined to $4.5 million in 2012. Net cash flows from all activities also
were declining. The company was concerned because it planned to borrow $20 million from the credit markets in
the fourth quarter of 2013.
Irv Milton met with Ann Plotkin, the chief accounting officer (CAO), on January 15, 2013, to discuss a proposal
by Plotkin to control cash outflows. She was not overly concerned about the recent decline in net cash flows from
operating activities because these amounts were expected to increase in 2013, as a result of projected higher levels
of revenue and cash collections.
Plotkin knew that if overall capital expenditures continued to increase at the rate of 26 percent per year, Milton
Manufacturing probably would not be able to borrow the $20 million. Therefore, she suggested establishing a new
policy to be instituted on a temporary basis. Each plant?s capital expenditures for 2013 would be limited to the level
of capital expenditures in 2011. Irv Milton pointedly asked Plotkin about the possible negative effects of such a
policy, but in the end Milton was convinced it was necessary to initiate the policy immediately to stem the tide of
increases in capital expenditures. A summary of cash flows appears in Exhibit 1.
Sammie Markowicz is the plant manager at the headquarters location in Long Island City. He was informed of
the new capital expenditure policy by Ira Sugofsky, the vice president for operations. Markowicz told Sugofsky that
the new policy could negatively affect plant operations because certain machinery and equipment, essential to the
production process, had been breaking down more frequently during the past two years. The problem was primarily
with the motors. New and better models with more efficient motors had been developed by an overseas supplier. These were expected to be available by April 2013. Markowicz planned to order 1,000 of these new motors for the
Long Island City operation, and he expected that other plant managers would do the same. Sugofsky told Markowicz
to delay the acquisition of new motors for one year after which time the restrictive capital expenditure policy would
be lifted. Markowicz reluctantly agreed.
Milton Manufacturing operated profitably during the first six months of 2013. Net cash inflows from investing
activities exceeded outflows by $250,000 during this time period. It was the first time in three years there was a
positive cash flow from investing activities. Production operations accelerated during the third quarter as a result of
increased demand for Milton?s textiles. An aggressive advertising campaign initiated in late 2012 seemed to bear
fruit for the company. Unfortunately, the increased level of production put pressure on the machines and the degree
of breakdown was increasing. A big problem was that the motors wore out prematurely.
MILTON MANUFACTURING COMPANY
Summary of Cash Flows
For the Years Ended December 31, 2012 and 20011 (000 omitted)
December 31, 2012
Cash Flows from Operating Activities
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by December 31, 2011
$? 542 operating activities
Net cash provided by operating activities
Cash Flows from Investing Activities
Other investing inflows (outflows)
Net cash used in investing activities
Cash Flows from Financing Activities
Net cash provided (used in) financing activities
$ ?? (376)
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
$ ? (354)
Cash and cash equivalents?beginning of the year
$ ? 791
Cash and cash equivalents?end of the year
$ ? 506
Markowicz was concerned about the machine breakdown and increasing delays in meeting customer demands for
the shipment of the textile products. He met with the other branch plant managers who complained bitterly to him
about not being able to spend the money to acquire new motors. Markowicz was very sensitive to their needs. He
informed them that the company?s regular supplier had recently announced a 25 percent price increase for the
motors. Other suppliers followed suit and Markowicz saw no choice but to buy the motors from the overseas
supplier. That supplier?s price was lower, and the quality of the motors would significantly enhance the machines?
operating efficiency. However, the company?s restrictions on capital expenditures stood in the way of making the purchase.
Markowicz approached Sugofsky and told him about the machine breakdowns and concerns of other plant
managers. Sugofsky seemed indifferent. He reminded Markowicz of the capital expenditure restrictions in place and
that the Long Island City plant was committed to make expenditures at the same level as it had in 2011. Markowicz
argued that he was faced with an unusual situation and he had to act now. Sugofsky hurriedly left but not before he
said to Markowicz: ?A policy is a policy.?
Markowicz reflected on the comment and his obligations to Milton Manufacturing. He was conflicted because he
viewed his primary responsibility and that of the other plant managers to ensure that the production process operated
smoothly. The last thing the workers needed right now was a stoppage of production because of machine failure.
At this time, Markowicz learned of a 30-day promotional price offered by the overseas supplier to gain new
customers by lowering the price for all motors by 25 percent. Coupled with the 25 percent increase in price by the
company?s supplier, Markowicz knew he could save the company $1,500, or 50 percent of cost, on each motor
purchased from the overseas supplier.
After carefully considering the implications of his intended action, Markowicz contacted the other plant
managers and informed them that while they were not obligated to follow his lead because of the capital expenditure
policy, he planned to purchase 1,000 motors from the overseas supplier for the headquarters plant in Long Island
Markowicz made the purchase in the fourth quarter of 2013 without informing Sugofsky. He convinced the plant
accountant to record the $1.5 million expenditure as an operating (not capital) expenditure because he knew the
higher level of operating cash inflows would mask the effect of his expenditure. In fact, Markowicz was proud that
he had ?saved? the company $1.5 million and he did what was necessary to ensure that the Long Island City plant
continued to operate.
The acquisitions by Markowicz and the other plant managers enabled the company to keep up with the growing
demand for textiles and the company finished the year with record high levels of net cash inflows from all activities.
Markowicz was lauded by his team for his leadership. The company successfully executed a loan agreement with
Second Bankers Hours & Trust Co. The $20 million borrowed was received on January 3, 2014.
During the course of an internal audit on January 21, 2014, Beverly Wald, the chief internal auditor who is a
CPA, discovered that there was an unusually high level of motors in the inventory. A complete check of inventory determined that $1.0 million of motors remained on hand.
Wald reported her findings to Ann Plotkin and together they went to see Irv Milton. After being informed of the
situation, Milton called in Ira Sugofsky. When Wald told him about her findings, Sugofsky?s face turned beet red. He
paced the floor, poured a glass of water, drank it quickly, and then began his explanation. Sugofsky told them about
his encounter with Sammie Markowicz. Sugofsky stated in no uncertain terms that he had told Markowicz not to
increase plant expenditures beyond the 2011 level. ?I left the meeting believing that he understood the company?s
policy. I knew nothing about the purchase,? he stated.
At this point Wald joined in and explained to Sugofsky that the $1 million is accounted for as inventory and not
an operating cash outflow: ?What we do in this case is transfer the motors out of inventory and into the machinery
account once they are placed into operation because, according to the documentation, the motors added significant
value to the asset.? Sugofsky had a perplexed look on his face. Finally, Irv Milton took control of the accounting
lesson by asking: ?What?s the difference? Isn?t the main issue that Markowicz did not follow company policy?? The
three officers in the room shook their head simultaneously, perhaps in gratitude for being saved the additional
lecturing. Milton then said he wanted the three of them to brainstorm some alternatives on how best to deal with the
Sammie Markowicz situation and present the alternatives to him in one week. NOTES
This case deals with a company?s efforts to manage its short-term earnings and cash outflows by restricting capital
expenditures. Ethical Issues
Top management ?s decision to restrict capital expenditures created a conflict for Sammie Markowicz, the plant
manager at the headquarters location in Long Island City. On the one hand, Markowicz knows that the company
expects him to follow company policy. On the other hand, he is very conscious of his primary responsibility to keep
the production process operating as efficiently as possible. Markowicz was placed in a difficult position because of
the capital expenditure restrictions, especially in light of the previously experienced machine breakdowns. The conflict comes to a head for Markowicz when he learns about the 25% price increase that is announced by the
plant?s primary supplier for motors used in the production process. Markowicz? decision to order $150,000 of the motors for the Long Island City plant influences other plant managers
to take similar actions. He acted in a way that he thought would be in the best interest of the company even though
it violated company policy. He failed to consider the consequences of his action on the stakeholders. At a minimum,
Markowicz could have contacted top management with his dilemma and sought a reversal of the policy by
emphasizing the more frequent machine break downs and pending price increase. Markowicz was wrong to hide
the acquisition of an asset by charging it to expense. This action violates the rights of the stockholders who rely on
accurate financial information. Markowicz?s action were primarily motivated by self-interest (reasoning at stage 2)
and not out of concern for the interests of the stakeholders. An issue that should be dealt with by the company is
how and why Markowicz was able to circumvent the interest controls and override the policy. Questions:
1. Identify the ethical and professional issues of concern to Beverly Wald in this case.
2. Identify and evaluate the alternative courses of action for Wald, Plotkin, and Sugofsky to
present in their meeting with Milton.
3. How do virtue considerations influence the alternatives presented?
4. If you were in Milton?s place, which of the alternatives would you choose and why?
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