Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, lawn and garden products maker The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE:SMG) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Scotts' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Scotts facts

Headquarters (founded)

Marysville, Ohio (1868)

Market Cap

$2.62 billion


Fertilizers and Agricultural Chemicals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$3.10 billion


CEO James Hagedorn (since 2001)

CFO David Evans (since 2006)

Compound Annual Revenue and Net Income Growth (over last three years)

5.9% and (7.2%)

Cash / Debt

$149.2 million / $1.12 billion

1-Year Return



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Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS.

Over on CAPS, fully 42 of the 213 members who have rated Scotts -- some 20% -- believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include All-Stars 00100 and brocksamson, both of whom are ranked in the top 6% of our community.

Just last week, 00100 spotted several of the stock's brown patches: "Low cash flow ratios. High payout ratio. Negative price to tangible book. High debt. Low growth rate. Dubious stimulus impact optimism and home garden growth opinions."

In an earlier pitch from May, brocksamson helped fertilize that bearish sentiment:

Saturated market, low dividend, high P/E relative to market (even with realistically non-zero earnings estimates), bad trend on revenues and earnings, heavily dependent on household and residential sector. In short, this stock is uncompetitive compared to the market of all available places to put your money. It doesn't matter if they are a leader in their sector.

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