Company Description and Development of the Business
We are the leading manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products in North America. Our products are marketed under some of the most recognized brand names in the industry. Our key consumer lawn and garden brands include Scotts® and Turf Builder® lawn and grass seed products; Miracle-Gro®, Nature's Care®, Scotts®, LiquaFeed® and Osmocote®1 gardening and landscape products; and Ortho®, Roundup®2, Home Defense® and Tomcat® branded insect control, weed control and rodent control products. We are the exclusive agent of the Monsanto Company, a subsidiary of Bayer AG since June 2018 ("Monsanto"), for the marketing and distribution of certain of Monsanto's consumer Roundup® branded products within the United States and certain other specified countries. We have a presence in similar branded consumer products in China and Latin America.
Through our Hawthorne segment, we are a leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of nutrients, growing media, advanced indoor garden, lighting and ventilation systems and accessories for hydroponic gardening. Our key hydroponic gardening brands include General Hydroponics®, Gavita®, Botanicare®, Vermicrop®, Agrolux®, Can-Filters® and AeroGardenTM. On June 4, 2018, our Hawthorne segment acquired substantially all of the assets and certain liabilities of Sunlight Supply, Inc., Sunlight Garden Supply, Inc., Sunlight Garden Supply, ULC, and IP Holdings, LLC, and all of the issued and outstanding equity interests of Columbia River Industrial Holdings, LLC (collectively "Sunlight Supply"). Prior to the transaction, Sunlight Supply was the largest distributor of hydroponic products in the United States, and was engaged in the business of developing, manufacturing, marketing and distributing horticultural, organics, lighting and hydroponics products (including lighting fixtures, nutrients, seeds and growing media, systems, trays, fans, filters, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, timers, instruments, water pumps, irrigation supplies and hand tools) under key brands including Sun System®, Gro Pro®, Mother Earth®, Hurricane® and Grower's Edge®. See "Acquisitions" for further discussion.