SEC Form 4
FORM 4 UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP

Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
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1. Name and Address of Reporting Person*
Baxter Nathan Eric

(Last) (First) (Middle)
14111 SCOTTSLAWN ROAD

(Street)
MARYSVILLE OH 43041

(City) (State) (Zip)
2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol
SCOTTS MIRACLE-GRO CO [ SMG ]
5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer
(Check all applicable)
Director 10% Owner
X Officer (give title below) Other (specify below)
EVP and COO
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (Month/Day/Year)
01/23/2024
4. If Amendment, Date of Original Filed (Month/Day/Year)
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line)
X Form filed by One Reporting Person
Form filed by More than One Reporting Person
Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1. Title of Security (Instr. 3) 2. Transaction Date (Month/Day/Year) 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (Month/Day/Year) 3. Transaction Code (Instr. 8) 4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed Of (D) (Instr. 3, 4 and 5) 5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 3 and 4) 6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price
Common Shares 01/23/2024(1) A 13,472 A $0 52,597.3289 D
Table II - Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
(e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivative Security (Instr. 3) 2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 3. Transaction Date (Month/Day/Year) 3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (Month/Day/Year) 4. Transaction Code (Instr. 8) 5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D) (Instr. 3, 4 and 5) 6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date (Month/Day/Year) 7. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security (Instr. 3 and 4) 8. Price of Derivative Security (Instr. 5) 9. Number of derivative Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 4) 10. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V (A) (D) Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Explanation of Responses:
1. On April 28, 2023, the Issuer made a grant to the Reporting Person of 13,472 performance units (the "2023 grant"). Under the award agreement, the 2023 grant included an enhanced issuance provision under which the Reporting Person would receive a range of 50% to 100% of the original grant depending on certain pre-determined performance criteria over the entirety of the plan performance period. On January 23, 2024, the Compensation Committee of the Issuer's Board of Directors determined that the performance measures related to the 2023 grant were satisfied to the extent required to permit for the issuance of shares equal to 100% of the original grant. The grant continues to be subject to service based vesting requirements that will be fully satisfied on April 28, 2026.
Remarks:
/s/ Kathy L. Uttley as attorney-in-fact for Nathan E. Baxter 01/25/2024
** Signature of Reporting Person Date
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