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ScottsMiracle-Gro Reaffirms Full-Year EPS Guidance; Presents Today at William Blair's 33rd Annual Growth Stock Conference

ScottsMiracle-Gro Reaffirms Full-Year EPS Guidance; Presents Today at William
                 Blair's 33rd Annual Growth Stock Conference

PR Newswire

MARYSVILLE, Ohio, June 11, 2013

MARYSVILLE, Ohio, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Scotts
Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE: SMG), the world's leading marketer of branded
consumer lawn and garden products, will present today, Tuesday, June 11, at
William Blair's 33rd Annual Growth Stock Conference. Management will discuss
current business strategies at about 7:30 a.m. central time. The live webcast
of the presentation is available at

"U.S. consumer purchases for the fiscal third quarter are up 15% through June
9, giving us continued confidence in the earnings guidance we established
heading into the year," said chief financial officer Larry Hilsheimer. 
"Consumer purchases, which were down more than 25 percent on a fiscal
year-to-date basis entering April, are down 4 percent through June 9."

The Company reaffirmed its expectations for fiscal 2013 adjusted earnings per
share from continuing operations in the range of $2.50 to $2.75.  In addition,
the Company reiterated expectations for operating cash flow of at least $250
million in fiscal 2013.

The Company updated individual components of fiscal 2013 guidance, and expects
net sales to range from a 1% decrease to an increase of 1% compared to a year
ago. Selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) are now expected to
decline 3% to 5% for the full-year. The Company previously expected SG&A
savings of 2% to 3% for the year.

The Company reaffirmed improvement of up to 125 basis points in the full-year
adjusted gross margin rate. Cost-out initiatives remain on schedule, strong
management of commodity costs continue, and price increases will also be
accretive to the gross margin rate.

About ScottsMiracle-Gro
With more than $2.8 billion in worldwide sales, 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. 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®,
Fertiligène® and Substral®. For additional information, visit us at

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Statements contained in this press release, other than statements of
historical fact, which address activities, events and developments that the
Company expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including, but
not limited to, information regarding the future economic performance and
financial condition of the Company, the plans and objectives of the Company's
management, and the Company's assumptions regarding such performance and plans
are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. federal
securities laws that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These
forward-looking statements generally can be identified as statements that
include phrases such as "guidance," "outlook," "projected," "believe,"
"target," "predict," "estimate," "forecast," "strategy," "may," "goal,"
"expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "foresee," "likely," "will,"
"should" or other similar words or phrases. Actual results could differ
materially from the forward-looking information in this release due to a
variety of factors, including, but not limited to:

  o Compliance with environmental and other public health regulations could
    increase the Company's costs of doing business or limit the Company's
    ability to market all of its products;
  o Increases in the prices of raw materials and fuel costs could adversely
    affect the Company's results of operations;
  o The highly competitive nature of the Company's markets could adversely
    affect its ability to maintain or grow revenues;
  o Because of the concentration of the Company's sales to a small number of
    retail customers, the loss of one or more of, or significant reduction in
    orders from, its top customers could adversely affect the Company's
    financial results;
  o Adverse weather conditions could adversely impact financial results;
  o The Company's international operations make the Company susceptible to
    fluctuations in currency exchange rates and to other costs and risks
    associated with international regulation;
  o The Company may not be able to adequately protect its intellectual
    property and other proprietary rights that are material to the Company's
  o The Company depends on key personnel and may not be able to retain those
    employees or recruit additional qualified personnel;
  o If Monsanto Company were to terminate the Marketing Agreement for consumer
    Roundup products, the Company would lose a substantial source of future
    earnings and overhead expense absorption;
  o Hagedorn Partnership, L.P. beneficially owns approximately 30% of the
    Company's common shares and can significantly influence decisions that
    require the approval of shareholders;
  o The Company may pursue acquisitions, dispositions, investments, dividends,
    share repurchases and/or other corporate transactions that it believes
    will maximize equity returns of its shareholders but may involve risks. 

Additional detailed information concerning a number of the important factors
that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking
information contained in this release is readily available in the Company's
publicly filed quarterly, annual and other reports. The Company disclaims any
obligation to update developments of these risk factors or to announce
publicly any revision to any of the forward-looking statements contained in
this release, or to make corrections to reflect future events or developments.

SOURCE The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

Contact: Jim King, Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer, (937)
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