ACU Acme United

Acme United Corp. is engaged in the supply of cutting devices, measuring instruments, and safety products for school, home, office, hardware and industrial use. It offers its products under Camillus, Clauss, Cuda, DMT Sharpeners, First Aid Only, Pac-Kit, Physicianscare, Spill Magic, Westcott and Western brands. The company was founded in 1867 and is headquartered in Fairfield, CT.

Company profile

Walter C. Johnsen
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ACU stock data



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7 May 21
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Financial data from Acme United earnings reports.

Cash burn rate (estimated) Burn method: Change in cash Burn method: Operating income/loss Burn method: FCF (opex + capex)
Last Q Avg 4Q Last Q Avg 4Q Last Q Avg 4Q
Cash on hand (at last report) 3.86M 3.86M 3.86M 3.86M 3.86M 3.86M
Cash burn (monthly) 103.33K 34.58K (positive/no burn) (positive/no burn) 112K (positive/no burn)
Cash used (since last report) 413.1K 138.25K n/a n/a 447.74K n/a
Cash remaining 3.44M 3.72M n/a n/a 3.41M n/a
Runway (months of cash) 33.3 107.5 n/a n/a 30.4 n/a

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Date Owner Security Transaction Code Indirect 10b5-1 $Price #Shares $Value #Remaining
30 Jul 21 Olschan Brian S Common Stock Sell Dispose S No No 42.03 5,000 210.15K 39,576
30 Jul 21 Olschan Brian S Common Stock Option exercise Aquire M No No 12.01 5,000 60.05K 44,576
30 Jul 21 Olschan Brian S Employee Stock Option Common Stock Option exercise Dispose M No No 12.01 5,000 60.05K 316,600
28 Jul 21 Olschan Brian S Common Stock Sell Dispose S No No 42.33 367 15.54K 39,576
28 Jul 21 Olschan Brian S Common Stock Option exercise Aquire M No No 12.01 367 4.41K 39,943
28 Jul 21 Olschan Brian S Employee Stock Option Common Stock Option exercise Dispose M No No 12.01 367 4.41K 321,600
27 Jul 21 Olschan Brian S Common Stock Sell Dispose S No No 42.41 733 31.09K 39,576
27 Jul 21 Olschan Brian S Common Stock Option exercise Aquire M No No 12.01 733 8.8K 40,309
27 Jul 21 Olschan Brian S Employee Stock Option Common Stock Option exercise Dispose M No No 12.01 733 8.8K 321,967
19 May 21 Johnsen Walter C Common Stock Sell Dispose S No No 44.1 9,399 414.5K 304,898

Data for the last complete 13F reporting period. To see the most recent changes to ownership, click the ownership history button above.

61.1% owned by funds/institutions
13F holders
Current Prev Q Change
Total holders 46 40 +15.0%
Opened positions 8 7 +14.3%
Closed positions 2 2
Increased positions 11 8 +37.5%
Reduced positions 12 13 -7.7%
13F shares
Current Prev Q Change
Total value 83.87M 62.35M +34.5%
Total shares 2.13M 2.07M +2.8%
Total puts 0 0
Total calls 0 0
Total put/call ratio
Largest owners
Shares Value Change
Capital Management 416.74K $16.44M +4.4%
North Star Investment Management 388.05K $15.31M -0.3%
Renaissance Technologies 172.9K $6.82M -15.9%
Dimensional Fund Advisors 169.11K $6.67M +3.0%
Royce & Associates 145.36K $5.73M +18.4%
FIL 130.04K $5.13M +45.8%
Bard Associates 125.25K $4.94M -1.7%
Vanguard 108.94K $4.3M -0.6%
Bridgeway Capital Management 71.41K $2.82M +13.5%
TETAA Teton Advisors 71K $2.8M -15.5%
Largest transactions
Shares Bought/sold Change
FIL 130.04K +40.87K +45.8%
Renaissance Technologies 172.9K -32.61K -15.9%
Royce & Associates 145.36K +22.6K +18.4%
Capital Management 416.74K +17.63K +4.4%
TETAA Teton Advisors 71K -13K -15.5%
Ridgewood Investments 8.63K +8.63K NEW
Globeflex Capital L P 3.22K -8.52K -72.6%
Bridgeway Capital Management 71.41K +8.5K +13.5%
BK Bank Of New York Mellon 16.24K +6.34K +64.1%
NTRS Northern Trust 5.6K +5.6K NEW

Financial report summary

  • The Company is subject to a number of significant operational risks that might cause the Company’s actual results to vary materially from its forecasts, targets or projections, including:
  • Because our products are primarily sold by third parties, our financial results depend in part on the financial health of these parties and any loss of a third-party distributor could adversely affect the Company’s revenues.
  • The ability to deliver products to our customers in a timely manner and to satisfy our customers’ fulfillment standards are subject to many factors, some of which are beyond our control. These factors presently include the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company.
  • The Company’s business is subject to risks associated with seasonality which could adversely affect its cash flow, financial condition, or results of operations.
  • Failure to manage growth and continue to expand our operations successfully could adversely affect our financial results.
  • Loss of a major customer could result in a decrease in the Company’s future sales and earnings.
  • The loss of key management could adversely affect the Company’s ability to run its business.
  • Execution or the lack thereof, of our e-commerce business may reduce our operating results.
  • The Company is subject to intense competition in all of the markets in which it competes.
  • Compromises of our information systems or unauthorized access to confidential information or our customers' or associates' personal information may materially harm our business or damage our reputation.
  • The Company may not be able to maintain or to raise prices in response to increasing costs or inflation.
  • The Company may need to raise additional capital to fund its operations.
  • Failure to protect the Company’s proprietary rights or the costs of protecting these rights could adversely affect its business.
  • If the Company is found to have infringed the intellectual property rights of others or cannot obtain necessary intellectual property rights from others, its competitiveness could be negatively impaired.
  • Product liability claims or regulatory actions could adversely affect the Company's financial results and reputation.
  • The Company’s businesses and operations are subject to regulation in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Certain or our products and facilities are subject to regulation by the FDA and by analogous foreign regulators.
  • The Company is subject to environmental regulation and environmental risks.
  • Reliance on foreign suppliers could adversely affect the Company’s business.
  • The Company’s operations are increasingly global in nature. Our business, financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected by the political and economic conditions in the countries in which we conduct business, by fluctuations in currency exchange rates and other factors related to our international operations.
  • Continuing uncertainty in the global economy could negatively impact our business.
  • Changes in trade policies, including the imposition of tariffs and their enforcement, may have a material adverse impact on our business, results of operations, and outlook.
  • The economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and measures taken to arrest its spread, as well as any emergency measures we have taken and continue to take in response to the pandemic, could adversely impact our business, including our operating results, financial condition and liquidity.
  • The Small Business Association’s review of our forgiveness application is ongoing and it is possible that our PPP Loan may not be forgiven.
  • We cannot provide assurance that we will continue to pay dividends or purchase shares of our common stock under our stock repurchase programs.
  • Our shares of common stock are thinly traded and our stock price may be volatile.
Management Discussion
  • The Company may from time to time make written or oral “forward-looking statements” including statements contained in this report and in other communications by the Company, which are made in good faith pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based on our beliefs as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to us. When used in this document, words like “may,” “might,” “will,” “except,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “potential,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from our current expectations.
  • Forward-looking statements in this report, including without limitation, statements related to the Company’s plans, strategies, objectives, expectations, intentions and adequacy of resources, are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including the impact that the global COVID-19 pandemic has had and will continue to have on the Company’s business, operations and financial results.  These include the duration, spread, severity, and any recurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic including through any new variant strains of the underlying virus; the effectiveness, availability, and public acceptance of vaccines; the duration and scope of pandemic-related government restrictions on commercial and other activities, including retail store, office, school and restaurant closures; the duration and scope of the Company’s actions to maintain employee health at our offices, production facilities and distribution centers; the extent of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on overall demand for the Company’s products; the pace of economic recovery when an effective vaccine is widely available or when the pandemic otherwise subsides and the heightened impact the pandemic has on many of the risks described herein, including without limitation risks relating to the on-going world-wide economic downturn and disruptions in our supply chain, any of which could adversely impact the Company’s ability to manufacture, source or distribute its products, both domestically and internationally.    
  • These risks and uncertainties further include, without limitation, the following:  (i) changes in the Company’s plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions,  which may be made at any time at the discretion of the Company; (ii) the impact of uncertainties in global economic conditions, whether caused by COVID-19 or otherwise, including the impact on the Company’s suppliers and customers; (iii) changes in client needs and consumer spending habits, including COVID-19 related changes; (iv) the impact of competition; (v) the impact of technological changes including, specifically, the growth of online marketing and sales activity; (vi) the Company’s ability to manage its growth effectively, including its ability to successfully integrate any business it might acquire; (vii) the Company’s ability to effectively manage its inventory in a rapidly changing business environment, including additional inventory acquired to respond to COVID-19 related uncertainties; (viii) currency fluctuations; (ix) international trade policies and their impact on demand for our products and our competitive position, including the imposition of new tariffs or changes in existing tariff rates; and (x) other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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