2.5 Reasons to Hold On to This Lawn Care Titan's Stock

Lawn care titan Scotts Miracle-Gro (NYSE: SMG  ) is a selection for the real-money Inflation-Protected Income Growth portfolio. In this brief video, portfolio manager Chuck Saletta points out the 2.5 reasons why he's continuing to hold the company's stock.

Summary

  • Scotts Miracle-Gro's balance sheet looks reasonable.
  • Its dividend is covered and likely has room to continue growing.
  • Its valuation looks reasonable if it delivers a successful summer season.

Scotts Miracle-Gro's pattern of dividend growth sets it apart from its competition. Central Garden and Pet (NASDAQ: CENT  ) (NASDAQ: CENTA  ) does not pay a dividend at all. Spectrum Brands (NYSE: SPB  ) only recently started increasing its dividend, and with a 64% payout ratio, that dividend is not as well-covered as Scotts Miracle-Gro's.

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