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    Company A acquires Company B. Company A has larger revenue than Company B, but Company B has higher profits than Company A. Given they have similar fixed costs, how is Company B more profitable than Company A? How might Company A improve their profit margins?  
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    Doesn't this just mean Company A has higher variable costs or in a jurisdiction with substantially higher income taxes?
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    because company b actually knows how to invest their money into things that actually make them money.... pretty simple
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    Company A could have a poor quality system subjecting it to huge government regulation fines.

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    Originally Posted by ImJustSaiyanBro View Post
    Doesn't this just mean Company A has higher variable costs or in a jurisdiction with substantially higher income taxes?
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    If company a has more revenue but less profit it means they have higher expenses somewhere, possibly I’d debt
    The should pay down their debts and look at minimizing other expenses without affecting revenue
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    Like I said...You have the lower body and you have no upper body, you got a problem building...wait a minute. You have the upper body, and you have no legs, you got a problem building your legs. You have the upper...you have the lower body and you don't have the upper body, the upper body, it is easier to build. So if you have the lower body and you don't have the upper body, it is easier to build the upper body. You have the upper body and you don't have the legs, you got a problem building the lower body... No, you don't understand. You have the upper body, but you don't have the lower body, you got a problem building downstairs. You got the up- legs on the bottom, it is easier to build on the top, so you don't have much as a problem. Yeah.
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    All your answers are pretty bad. Expected better from a forum where everyone makes 100k.
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    All your answers are pretty bad. Expected better from a forum where everyone makes 100k.
    Has to do with variable costs no?
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    Company a sells their units at a lower price than company b, but sells more of them.
    Company a sells $20,000 cars, and has a questionable reputation from reliability, but due to the low price they sell 100,000 of them for annual revenue of 2 billion dollars.
    Company b sells $50,000 cars and has an excellent reputation, but they only produce 25,000 per year because the market for 50K cars is substantially smaller than the market for 20,000 cars. Their annual revenue is 1.25 billion.

    The fixed costs of operating a auto factory is 100 Million, but variable costs per unit (labor and materials) are 15,000 per unit at company a, and slightly higher at company b due to better materials at 20,000 per unit.

    Company a makes 2 billion less 1.5 billion of variable and 0.1 billion of fixed costs = 400 million of profit
    Company b makes 1.25b less 500M of variable and 100M of fixed costs = 625 million of profit

    Company a leverages the reputation of company b post acquisition to raise prices by 5K per unit without changing their cost structure.

    5,000 times 100,000 units is 500M of additional profits.

    the combined entity now makes 1.525b of profit on 3.75 billion of revenue
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    Company A acquires Company B. Company A has larger revenue than Company B, but Company B has higher profits than Company A. Given they have similar fixed costs, how is Company B more profitable than Company A? How might Company A improve their profit margins?  
    A has higher variable costs. Look at their salaries and benefits and see how they compare. Make adjustments to be more like company B. It may also be in costs of goods. Its hard to say when you have no idea what kind of business they are in.
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    Variable costs like the other 2 non retards posted. Second question would be to perhaps implement Bs ability to produce at a lower cost on a greater scale. The other issue might be, without more info, that A is too big and suffers from diminishing marginal returns
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