Final Exam

In each issue of Wharton Magazine, we’ll test your knowledge with a question taken straight from an actual Wharton course exam. Submit the correct answer and you might just walk off with a great prize—a Wharton Executive Education program.

This issue’s cheesesteak-themed Final Exam challenge comes from Wayne Guay, the Yageo Professor of Accounting.

Good luck!

The Basics:
A Philadelphia-based analyst is trying to determine how much cash Pat’s King of Steaks collected from its customers in 2009. Most of Pat’s customers pay in cash, but the restaurant also caters functions for local businesses that pay on credit terms. Consider first the following financial information about Pat’s:

Balance sheet

12/31/09    12/31/08

Accounts Receivable 83,318    67,681

Less: Allowance for Doubtful Accounts 2,878    2,363

Net Accounts Receivable 80,440    65,318

Additional info:

Gross Sales (including cash sales and sales on account) = 826,641

Bad Debt Expense = 3,520

Write-Offs of A/R = 3,005

The Question: How much total cash was collected from Pat’s customers in 2009?

The Answer: $807,999 in cash collected from customers

Thanks to everyone who participated! Our winner will be notified shortly. We’ll have another Final Exam challenge in our Summer issue.

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