The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE:SMG)

CAPS Rating: 5 out of 5

The Company is the combination of two companies in the consumer lawn and garden market: O.M. Scott & Sons and Stern's Miracle-Gro Products, Inc. It is a marketer of lawn fertilizer, grass seed and growing media products within the United States.

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Member Avatar notyouagain (65.29) Submitted: 8/2/2014 2:25:53 PM : Outperform Start Price: $51.45 SMG Score: +16.12

Beginning start price $53.99

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Member Avatar TMFBigFrog (97.78) Submitted: 1/8/2014 9:59:27 AM : Outperform Start Price: $57.92 SMG Score: -5.62

See thesis in this article: http://www.fool.com/investing/dividends-income/2013/12/30/why-scotts-miracle-gro-is-worth-owning.aspx

-Chuck
Inside Value Home Fool
Disclosure: I own shares of Scotts Miracle-Gro

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Member Avatar oregonpb (49.44) Submitted: 10/16/2012 9:54:36 AM : Outperform Start Price: $38.87 SMG Score: +17.09

people still need to eat even in extreme climates

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Member Avatar jaimefranklin (< 20) Submitted: 8/6/2012 9:57:11 AM : Outperform Start Price: $35.80 SMG Score: +25.64

yes

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Member Avatar rojostyle (73.58) Submitted: 7/15/2012 10:07:05 AM : Outperform Start Price: $34.22 SMG Score: +28.63

trying to think outside the box. This nationwide draught is killing American lawns and will need to be replaced.

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Member Avatar dnelyo (< 20) Submitted: 11/11/2011 3:09:36 PM : Outperform Start Price: $37.77 SMG Score: +0.73

agro & fertilizers should do well with rising hard commodities prices-- and I like their organic fertilizer portion of their portfolio

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Member Avatar TMFBoiseKen (93.52) Submitted: 10/31/2011 12:08:41 PM : Outperform Start Price: $43.23 SMG Score: -19.32

1. High Quality Company
2. Name recognition
3. I did a science fair project in the 2nd grade -- when it comes to growing Shamrocks, Miracle Grow does the best job BY FAR.
4. All these qualities lets SMG charge more -- more profit.
5. Baby boomers entering retirement want to get their lawn care on. I bet they will buy some Miracle Grow for their Tomato Plants.

Buy to Hold

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Member Avatar latinoeconomist (27.16) Submitted: 10/24/2011 12:22:57 PM : Outperform Start Price: $42.62 SMG Score: -19.28

The grass will always grow greener with this stock!

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Member Avatar p1a5244 (44.69) Submitted: 9/18/2011 11:30:07 PM : Outperform Start Price: $40.57 SMG Score: -20.03

9/18/11 Options Predictor Rank #66. P/C Ratio 0.164 and Call Sizzle 3.327.

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Member Avatar colddrink73 (90.67) Submitted: 7/26/2011 2:39:13 PM : Outperform Start Price: $44.18 SMG Score: -14.15

growth + dividend

ok not really growth... but you do grow things with it. I look for about a 20% run over the rest of the year.

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Member Avatar lsdevan (< 20) Submitted: 6/29/2011 9:18:24 AM : Outperform Start Price: $44.91 SMG Score: -20.62

good product. great brand. demographic tail wind. commited management with significant stock holding.

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Member Avatar stationfool (33.72) Submitted: 6/14/2011 2:12:34 PM : Outperform Start Price: $45.45 SMG Score: -23.17

medical marijuana

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Member Avatar mrindependent (35.94) Submitted: 12/1/2010 4:15:30 PM : Outperform Start Price: $43.92 SMG Score: -29.28

Passes my stable dividends screen

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Member Avatar SolitaireOne (76.96) Submitted: 5/20/2010 11:56:46 AM : Outperform Start Price: $36.43 SMG Score: -19.57

I'm feeling good about Scotts Miracle-Grow Co. (SMG) once again for a turnaround, summertime economy, especially on this recent down-tic. Currently seeing only a paltry 1.1% dividend at this current level, but I'd ride this one through the October/November time frame for a likely decent short-term gain.

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Member Avatar scoobamang (< 20) Submitted: 11/8/2009 10:56:03 PM : Underperform Start Price: $37.13 SMG Score: +24.41

I want to shoot SMG with an SMG.

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Member Avatar MRSTARBUCKS (99.30) Submitted: 5/19/2009 3:45:32 PM : Outperform Start Price: $30.37 SMG Score: -24.43

GOOD STOCK

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Member Avatar brocksamson (28.44) Submitted: 5/19/2009 1:46:05 PM : Underperform Start Price: $27.55 SMG Score: +7.63

Saturated market, low dividend, high P/E relative to market (even with realistically non-zero earnings estimates), bad trend on revenues and earnings, heavily dependent on household and residential sector...

In short, this stock is uncompetitive compared to the market of all available places to put your money. It doesn't matter if they are a leader in their sector.

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Member Avatar COOLSTOCK (71.70) Submitted: 5/8/2009 3:19:24 PM : Outperform Start Price: $27.23 SMG Score: +2.98

good products

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Member Avatar Shaftsbury (28.73) Submitted: 1/1/2009 10:18:48 PM : Underperform Start Price: $24.81 SMG Score: -17.36

There are several fundamental issues facing this company that have the "glass is half full" crowd pushing SMG up close to 50% from its lows. For example, investors ran the company's stock up more than 10% when an announcement was made in November regarding SMG's plan to offer a private label alternative. Granted, this move will likely take market share from SMG's competitors, but it may well also take share from it's own high margin premier product. The company claims that it will successfully raise prices in 2009 even as it sees a drop in sales with a net positive impact. The company also is significantly leveraged, but says it should remain in compliance with its loan covenants. While commodity prices have come down, the company acknowledges that it hedged a material amount of it's 2009 commodity costs at prices well above today's spot prices.

The glass half full community looks ahead to lower commodity costs for SMG, higher prices for its branded product, and improvement in production utilization through the introduction of private label production.

When all is said and done, SMG, while excelling in name brand respect and recognition, is in a cyclical business that faces numerous obstacles. Aside from its current problems with government regulators, a dismal economy, and possible shifts in sentiment in drought prone states such as California, where water use versus lawn care issues may cause sales erosion in many of SMG's products I wouldn't be surprised to see the company's borrowing costs on the rise. At current prices, I believe SMG is significantly over valued.

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Member Avatar ontheemmis (89.24) Submitted: 12/1/2008 1:06:59 PM : Outperform Start Price: $23.27 SMG Score: +12.43

Victory gardens etc etc.

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