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LESSONS FROM A MIDDLE MARKET LBO: THE CASE OF O.M. SCOTT

George P. Baker and Karen H. Wruck

Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, 1991, vol. 4, issue 1, 46-58

Abstract: In 1986 The O.M. Scott & Sons Company, the largest producer of lawn care products in the U.S., was sold by the ITT Corporation in a divisional leveraged buyout. The company was founded in Marysville, Ohio in 1870 by Orlando McLean Scott to sell farm crop seed. In 1900, the company began to sell weedfree lawn seed through the mail. In the 1920s, the company introduced the first home lawn fertilizer, the first lawn spreader, and the first patented bluegrass seed. Today, Scott is the acknowledged leader in the "do-it-yourself" lawn care market, with sales of over $300 million and over 1500 employees. 1991 Morgan Stanley.

Date: 1991
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