Cash discount decisions: Prairie Manufacturing has four possible suppliers, all of which offer different credit terms. Except for the differences in credit terms, their products and services are virtually identical. The credit terms offered by these suppliers are shown in the following table. (Note: Assume a 365-day year.)(Please show work, this really helps and is necessary for me)
SupplierCredit termsJ1/5 net 30 EOMK2/20 net 80 EOML1/15 net 60 EOMM3/10 net 90 EOM
a. Calculate the approximate cost of giving up the cash discount from each supplier. (CD x 365/n)
b. If the firm needs short-term funds, which are currently available from its commercial bank at 9%, and if each of the suppliers is viewed separately, which, if any, of the suppliers cash discounts should the firm give up? Explain why.
c. Now assume that the firm could stretch by 30 days its accounts payable (net period only) from supplier M. What impact, if any, would that have on your answer in part b relative to this supplier?