The Scotts MiracleGro Company Commmon Reports Operating Results (10-K)
The Scotts Miraclegro Company Commmon has a market cap of $3.37 billion; its shares were traded at around $50.26 with a P/E ratio of 14.8 and P/S ratio of 1.1. The dividend yield of The Scotts Miraclegro Company Commmon stocks is 2%.SMG is in the portfolios of David Dreman of Dreman Value Management, Kenneth Fisher of Fisher Asset Management, LLC, RS Investment Management, Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies LLC, Bruce Kovner of Caxton Associates, Mario Gabelli of GAMCO Investors, Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc, Tom Russo of Gardner Russo & Gardner, John Keeley of Keeley Fund Management, George Soros of Soros Fund Management LLC.
Highlight of Business Operations: We continually invest in research and development, both in the laboratory and at the consumer level, to improve our products, manufacturing processes, packaging and delivery systems. Spending on research and development was $51.6 million, $56.3 million and $44.7 million in fiscal 2010, fiscal 2009 and fiscal 2008, respectively, including product registration costs of $12.9 million, $15.6 million and $9.8 million, respectively. In addition to the benefits of our own research and development, we actively seek ways to leverage the research and development activities of our suppliers.
On or about March 19, 2010, the U.S. EPA Region VII issued notice to the Company indicating that the U.S. EPA intended to file an administrative complaint under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, as amended (RCRA), with respect to alleged RCRA violations arising out of an October 28-29, 2008 inspection of our Fort Madison, Iowa facility. The notice proposed a penalty of $466,977 and offered us the opportunity to negotiate a resolution of the proposed penalty before any complaint was filed. We made a timely response to the U.S. EPA and agreed to enter into pre-filing negotiations. On September 30, 2010, we agreed to pay a civil penalty of $148,388 to settle the alleged violations. In addition to the civil penalty, we agreed to perform two supplemental environmental projects, including a wastewater treatment and reuse pilot project on which we will spend at least $122,000 and a project to identify, remove and safely dispose of obsolete chemicals and hazardous wastes from selected schools in Fort Madison, on which we will spend at least $30,000.
At September 30, 2010, $2.6 million was accrued for non-FIFRA compliance-related environmental actions, the majority of which is for site remediation. During fiscal 2010, fiscal 2009 and fiscal 2008, we expensed $0.5 million, $0.8 million and $1.4 million, respectively, for non-FIFRA compliance-related environmental matters. We had no material capital expenditures during the last three fiscal years related to environmental or regulatory matters.
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