SCOTTS MIRACLE-GRO AQUIRES FAFARD GROWING MEDIA BUSINESS

October 6, 2014

(MARYSVILLE, OHIO) ―The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE:SMG), the world’s leading marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products, today announced that the Company’s indirect subsidiary, Scotts Canada Ltd., has acquired Fafard and Brothers Ltd.

In continuous operation since 1940 and based in Saint-Bonaventure, Quebec, Canada, Fafard is a leader in the production of high-quality peat moss and high-performance growing media products, including peat-based and bark-based mixes, composts and premium soils. Fafard serves customers primarily across Ontario, Quebec and New-Brunswick.

“Acquiring Fafard will allow us to further strengthen our North America competitiveness,” said Jim Hagedorn, chairman and chief executive officer of ScottsMiracle-Gro. “Leveraging the expertise Fafard has developed over the years, as well as its significant capacity for peat, will enable the continued growth of our Canadian business, while providing a valuable input in our growing media global supply chain.”

Fafard also distributes a full range of related products for the gardening industry including fertilizers, mulch and grass seed. Fafard serves both the retail and professional grower markets and is widely recognized for the quality of its products, customer and market responsiveness, and certification by world-wide sustainability standards’ organizations. Fafard is committed to best-in-class management practices in all aspects of sustainable development.

“The Fafard family is pleased with today’s announcement and believes this transaction provides the best opportunity to drive long-term growth,” said Fafard president Martin Fafard. “Both our companies have the same relentless commitment to providing the best service to our customers. This deal will allow Fafard to further develop its leadership across distribution channels, as well as leverage Scotts’ world-class supply chain, research and development and marketing capabilities.”

ScottsMiracle-Gro expects the Fafard business to add annual sales of approximately $40 million and for the transaction to be earnings accretive in fiscal 2015.

About ScottsMiracle-Gro

With more than $2.8 billion in worldwide sales, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company is the world’s largest marketer of branded consumer products for lawn and garden care. The Company’s brands are the most recognized in the industry. In the U.S. and Canada, 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 Europeexclusively by Scotts and owned by Monsanto. In the U.S., we operate Scotts LawnService®, the second largest residential lawn care service business. In Canada, the Company’s EcoSense® brand provides consumers with additional alternatives. In Europe, the Company’s brands include Weedol®, Pathclear®, Evergreen®, Levington®, Miracle-Gro®, KB®, Fertiligène® and Substral®. For additional information, visit www.scotts.com.

About Fafard and Brothers Ltd.

Based in Saint-Bonaventure, Quebec, Canada, Fafard is a leader in the production of high-quality peat moss and high-performance growing media including peat-based and bark-based mixes, composts and premium retail soils. Fafard also distributes a full range of related products for the gardening industry including fertilizers, mulch and grass seed. The Company serves both the retail and professional grower markets in Eastern Canada and the U.S. and is widely recognized for the quality of its products, customer and market responsiveness. A leader in innovation, Fafard was the first peat moss producer world-wide to obtain Veriflora certification for responsibly managed peatland. For more information, visit www.fafard.ca.

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