Natalie has been approached by Ken Thornton, a shareholder of The Beanery Coffee Inc. Ken wants to retire and would like to sell his 1,000 shares in The Beanery Coffee, which represents 30% of all shares issued. The Beanery is currently operated by Ken’s twin daughters, who each own 35% of the common shares. The Beanery not only operates a coffee shop but also roasts and sells beans to retailers, under the name “Rocky Mountain Beanery.”

The business has been operating for approximately 5 years. In the last 2 years Ken has lost interest and left the day-to-day operations to his daughters. Both daughters at times find the work at the coffee shop overwhelming. They would like to have a third shareholder involved to take over some of the responsibilities of running a small business. Both feel that Natalie and Curtis are entrepreneurial in spirit and that their expertise would be a welcome addition to the business operation. The twins have also said that they plan to operate this business for another 10 years and then retire.

Ken has met with Curtis and Natalie to discuss the business operation. All have concluded that there would be many advantages for Cookie & Coffee Creations Inc. to acquire an interest in The Beanery Coffee. One of the major advantages would be volume discounts for purchases of the coffee bean inventory.

Despite the apparent advantages, however, Natalie and Curtis are still not convinced that they should participate in this business venture. They come to you with the following questions.

  1. “We are a little concerned about how much influence we would have in the decision-making process for The Beanery Coffee. Would the amount of influence we have affect how we would account for this investment?”
  2. “Can you think of other advantages of going ahead with this investment?”
  3. “Can you think of any disadvantages of going ahead with this investment?”



(a)   Answer Natalie and Curtis’s questions.

(b)   Assume that Ken wants to sell his 1,000 shares of The Beanery Coffee for $15,000. Prepare the journal entry required if Cookie & Coffee Creations Inc. buys Ken’s shares.

(c)   Assume that Cookie & Coffee Creations Inc. buys the shares and in the following year The Beanery Coffee earns $50,000 net income and pays $25,000 in dividends. Prepare the journal entries required under both the cost method and the equity method of accounting for this investment.

(d)   Identify where this investment would be classified on the balance sheet of Cookie & Coffee Creations Inc. and explain why. What amount would appear on the balance sheet under each of the methods of accounting for the investment?

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