ScottsMiracle-Gro Completes Acquisition of Rod McLellan Company

Deal strengthens growing media product portfolio

Oct 04, 2005, 01:00 ET from Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

    MARYSVILLE, Ohio, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Scotts Miracle-Gro
 Company (NYSE:   SMG), the world's leading marketer of branded products for
 consumer lawn and garden care, has completed the previously announced
 acquisition of the Rod McLellan Company, a provider of soil and landscape
 products in the western U.S.
     "We're pleased to add the Rod McLellan Company's Supersoil(R), Whitney
 Farms(TM) and Black Magic(R) brands to The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company family,"
 said Jim Hagedorn, chairman and chief executive officer of ScottsMiracle-Gro.
 "The business adds important regional brands to our growing media portfolio
 and allows us to improve our supply chain infrastructure to better serve our
 retail customers."
     The purchase price of Rod McLellan Company is approximately $20 million.
 The transaction is expected to be accretive to earnings in fiscal 2006.
     About ScottsMiracle-Gro
     With more than $2 billion in worldwide sales and more than 6,000
 associates, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, through its wholly-owned
 subsidiary, The Scotts Company LLC, is the world's largest marketer of branded
 consumer products for lawn and garden care, with products for professional
 horticulture as well. The Company's brands are the most recognized in the
 industry. In the U.S., the Company's Scotts(R), Miracle-Gro(R) and Ortho(R)
 brands are market-leading in their categories, as is the consumer Roundup(R)
 brand, which is marketed in North America and most of Europe exclusively by
 Scotts and owned by Monsanto. The Company also owns Smith & Hawken, a leading
 brand of garden-inspired products that includes pottery, watering equipment,
 gardening tools, outdoor furniture and live goods. In Europe, Scotts' brands
 include Weedol(R), Pathclear(R), Evergreen(R), Levington(R), Miracle-Gro(R),
 KB(R), Fertiligene(R) and Substral(R). For additional information, visit us at
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