The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Announces Intent to Offer $200 Million of Senior Notes

Jan 11, 2010, 07:58 ET from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

MARYSVILLE, Ohio, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE: SMG), the world's leading marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products, announced today its intent to offer, subject to market and other conditions, $200 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2018. The notes will be general unsecured senior obligations of the Company. As of the issue date, the notes will be guaranteed by each of the Company's subsidiaries that guarantees the Company's senior secured credit facilities. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to repay outstanding borrowings under its senior secured revolving credit facility.

The notes are being offered pursuant to a prospectus supplement to the Company's currently effective shelf registration statement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

BofA Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan will serve as the joint book-running managers for the offering. The offering is being made only by means of a prospectus and related prospectus supplement.

Copies of the prospectus and, when available, the prospectus supplement relating to the offering may be obtained by contacting BofA Merrill Lynch, 100 West 33rd Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001, Attention: Prospectus Department, or by calling 1-800-294-1322 or J.P. Morgan, 270 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017, or by calling (212) 834-4533. The prospectus and, when available, the prospectus supplement may also be obtained from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's website at

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any state.

About ScottsMiracle-Gro

With approximately $3 billion in worldwide sales and more than 8,000 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®, Miracle-Gro®, and Ortho® brands are market-leading in their categories, as is the consumer Roundup® brand, which is marketed in North America and most of Europe exclusively by Scotts and owned by Monsanto. In the U.S., we operate Scotts LawnService®, the second largest residential lawn care service business. In Europe, the Company's brands include Weedol®, Pathclear®, Evergreen®, Levington®, Miracle-Gro®, KB®, Fertiligene® and Substral®. For additional information, visit us at

Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These statements include the Company's plan to complete a public offering of $200 million of senior notes. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, including the Company's ability to sell the notes, general economic conditions and other factors described in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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