Dec 7, 2010
Scotts Miracle-Gro to Sell its Global Professional BusinessSource: ScottsMiracle-Gro

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., announced that it has received a binding offer from ICL to acquire the shares and substantially all the assets of ScottsMiracle-Gro’s Global Professional business for $270 million, subject to certain adjustments at closing.

ICL is an Israel-based manufacturer of fertilizer and specialty chemicals.

According to Jim Hagedorn, chairman and chief executive officer, ScottsMiracle-Gro, the sale “is another step in our strategy to become a more focused consumer business.”

The Global Professional business markets professional products to commercial nurseries and greenhouses for ornamental horticulture; sports fields, golf courses and public parks for professional turf applications; and specialty agriculture in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. The U.S. professional seed business is not included in this offer.

The sale is expected to close in the company’s second quarter of fiscal 2011.

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