What it is:
Unit cost is a measure of a company's cost to build or create one unit of product.
How it works (Example):
For example, let's assume that it costs Company XYZ $10,000 to purchase 5,000 widgets that itresell in its retail outlets. Company XYZ's unit cost is:
$10,000 / 5,000 = $2 per unit
Often, calculating unit cost isn't so simple, especially in manufacturing situations. Usually, unit costs involve(costs that vary with the number of units made) and (costs that don't vary with the number of units made).
For example, at XYZ Restaurant, which sells only pepperoni pizza, the variable expenses per pizza might be:
Total: $5.56 per pizza
Its fixed expenses per month might be:
If company XYZ sells 10,000 pizzas, then its unit cost would be:
Unit Cost = $5.56 + ($5,650 / 10,000) = $6.125
Why it Matters:
Knowing unit cost helps business owners determine when they'll begin to turn aand helps them price their products with that in mind. It provides a dynamic overview of the relationships among , costs, and profits.
However, typical variable anddiffer widely among industries. This is why comparison of break-even points is generally most meaningful among companies within the same industry, and the definition of a "high" or "low" should be made within this context.