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Acme UnitedNYSEAM:ACU Stock Report

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26 Nov, 2021


Company Financials
ACU fundamental analysis
Snowflake Score
Future Growth0/6
Past Performance4/6
Financial Health4/6

ACU Stock Overview

Acme United Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, supplies cutting, measuring, first aid, sharpening, and safety products to the school, home, office, hardware, sporting good, and industrial markets in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

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Price History & Performance

Summary of all time highs, changes and price drops for Acme United
Historical stock prices
Current Share PriceUS$32.99
52 Week HighUS$48.31
52 Week LowUS$27.40
1 Month Change-9.37%
3 Month Change-17.07%
1 Year Change2.04%
3 Year Change106.19%
5 Year Change53.87%
Change since IPO676.24%

Recent News & Updates

Shareholder Returns

ACUUS Commercial ServicesUS Market

Return vs Industry: ACU underperformed the US Commercial Services industry which returned 21.5% over the past year.

Return vs Market: ACU underperformed the US Market which returned 21.3% over the past year.

Price Volatility

Is ACU's price volatile compared to industry and market?
ACU volatility
ACU Average Weekly Movement5.8%
Commercial Services Industry Average Movement5.8%
Market Average Movement5.9%
10% most volatile stocks in US Market15.1%
10% least volatile stocks in US Market2.2%

Stable Share Price: ACU is not significantly more volatile than the rest of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 6% a week.

Volatility Over Time: ACU's weekly volatility (6%) has been stable over the past year.

About the Company

1867552Walter Johnsen

Acme United Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, supplies cutting, measuring, first aid, sharpening, and safety products to the school, home, office, hardware, sporting good, and industrial markets in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. It offers scissors, shears, rulers, pencil sharpeners, paper trimmers, safety cutters, lettering products, glue guns, and other craft products under the Westcott brand name; and cutting tools under the Clauss brand. It also provides fixed blades, folding knives, sight cutting tools, and tactical tools under the Camillus brand name; fishing tools and knives, as well as cut and puncture resistant gloves, telescopic landing nets, net containment systems, and fishing gaffs under the Cuda brand name; and sharpening tools under the DMT brand name.

Acme United Fundamentals Summary

How do Acme United's earnings and revenue compare to its market cap?
ACU fundamental statistics
Market CapUS$116.26m
Earnings (TTM)US$13.37m
Revenue (TTM)US$177.17m


P/E Ratio


P/S Ratio

Earnings & Revenue

Key profitability statistics from the latest earnings report
ACU income statement (TTM)
Cost of RevenueUS$113.36m
Gross ProfitUS$63.80m

Last Reported Earnings

Sep 30, 2021

Next Earnings Date


Earnings per share (EPS)3.75
Gross Margin36.01%
Net Profit Margin7.54%
Debt/Equity Ratio56.7%

How did ACU perform over the long term?

See historical performance and comparison



Current Dividend Yield


Payout Ratio


Is Acme United undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Price to Earnings (PE) ratio

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: ACU ($32.99) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($11.47)

Significantly Below Fair Value: ACU is trading above our estimate of fair value.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: ACU is good value based on its PE Ratio (8.8x) compared to the US Commercial Services industry average (30x).

PE vs Market: ACU is good value based on its PE Ratio (8.8x) compared to the US market (17.2x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate ACU's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: ACU is good value based on its PB Ratio (1.5x) compared to the US Commercial Services industry average (2.5x).

Future Growth

How is Acme United forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 0 analysts?


Forecasted Commercial Services industry annual growth in earnings

In this section we usually present revenue and earnings growth projections based on the consensus estimates of professional analysts to help investors understand the company’s ability to generate profit. But as Acme United has not provided enough past data and has no analyst forecast, its future earnings cannot be reliably calculated by extrapolating past data or using analyst predictions.

This is quite a rare situation as 97% of companies covered by SimplyWall St do have past financial data.

Past Performance

How has Acme United performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: ACU has a large one-off gain of $2.8M impacting its September 30 2021 financial results.

Growing Profit Margin: ACU's current net profit margins (7.5%) are higher than last year (4.5%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: ACU's earnings have grown by 18.3% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: ACU's earnings growth over the past year (90.1%) exceeds its 5-year average (18.3% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: ACU earnings growth over the past year (90.1%) exceeded the Commercial Services industry 34.5%.

Return on Equity

High ROE: ACU's Return on Equity (17.5%) is considered low.

Financial Health

How is Acme United's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: ACU's short term assets ($92.6M) exceed its short term liabilities ($19.1M).

Long Term Liabilities: ACU's short term assets ($92.6M) exceed its long term liabilities ($45.8M).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: ACU's net debt to equity ratio (49.8%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: ACU's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 86.6% to 56.7% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: ACU's debt is not well covered by operating cash flow (16%).

Interest Coverage: ACU's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (14.5x coverage).

Balance Sheet


What is Acme United current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: ACU's dividend (1.58%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.32%).

High Dividend: ACU's dividend (1.58%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.58%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: ACU's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: ACU's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its low payout ratio (13.3%), ACU's dividend payments are thoroughly covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to determine if a dividend will be paid in 3 years and that it will be covered by earnings.

Next Steps


How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Walter Johnsen (70 yo)





Mr. Walter C. Johnsen has been an Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Acme United Corp. since January 1, 2007 and November 30, 1995 respectively. Mr. Johnsen served as President of Acme Unite...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Walter's total compensation ($USD1.57M) is above average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD553.25K).

Compensation vs Earnings: Walter's compensation has increased by more than 20% in the past year.

Leadership Team

Experienced Management: ACU's management team is seasoned and experienced (17.3 years average tenure).

Board Members

Experienced Board: ACU's board of directors are seasoned and experienced ( 18.8 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have been diluted in the past year, with total shares outstanding growing by 6.6%.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Acme United Corporation's employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Acme United Corporation
  • Ticker: ACU
  • Exchange: NYSEAM
  • Founded: 1867
  • Industry: Office Services and Supplies
  • Sector: Commercial Services
  • Market Cap: US$116.259m
  • Shares outstanding: 3.56m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • Acme United Corporation
  • 1 Waterview Drive
  • Suite 200
  • Shelton
  • Connecticut
  • 6484
  • United States


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2021/11/26 23:00
End of Day Share Price2021/11/26 00:00
Annual Earnings2020/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.