Acme United Increases Loan Agreement to Fund Growth

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Acme United entered into a new five-year $30 million loan agreement with HSBC Bank to fund its growth.

Acme United (ACU – $10.51) entered into a new loan agreement with HSBC Bank to replace the revolving loan it had with Wells Fargo Bank.

The new five-year facility provides for borrowings up to $30 million (an increase of $10 million) at an interest rate of LIBOR plus 1.75% (a decrease of 25 basis points). At today’s interest rates that means the Company will pay a little over 2 percent interest on it borrowings. The agreement expires on March 31, 2017.

The Company especially opted for a new loan facility with HSBC Bank because of the bank’s international presence and know-how of global markets.

Acme’s current debt is around $17 million. So the money from the new loan, together with $7 million in cash, which the Company currently has, leaves plenty of room to fund growth, pay dividends, buy back shares and finance potential acquisitions.

Terms Old Loan
Wells Fargo Bank
New Loan
Amount Max. $20 million Max. $30 million
Interest Rate LIBOR + 2% LIBOR + 1.75%
Term 3 years 5 years
Comparison between the terms of the old loan agreement with Wells Fargo Bank and the new loan agreement with HSBC Bank.

Upcoming Interview

On Monday, we’ll publish a new audio interview with Walter C. Johnsen, Chairman and CEO of Acme United.

We’ll ask for Mr. Johnsen’s feelings about the first quarter, which ended March 31st and we’ll try to find out if the Company remains on track to reach its revenue goal for 2012 of between 80 and 85 million. We’ll also enquire about Acme’s growth prospects and the ability to handle that growth.

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