Central Garden & Pet Announces Pricing of $500 Million of Senior Notes

Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ: CENT) (NASDAQ: CENTA) (“Central”), announced today it has priced an offering of $500 million aggregate principal amount of 4.125% senior notes due 2030 (the “notes”), which represents an increase in the offering size of $100 million from the previously announced offering of $400 million. The sale of the notes is expected to close on October 16, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions. The notes will be unconditionally guaranteed on a senior basis by each of Central’s existing and future domestic restricted subsidiaries who are borrowers under or guarantors of Central’s senior secured revolving credit facility or guarantee Central’s other debt. Central intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to redeem its outstanding 6.125% senior notes due 2023 (the “existing notes”), and to pay related fees and expenses, with the remainder for general corporate purposes.

BofA Securities, Inc, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Truist Securities, Inc. will serve as joint book-running managers for the offering, and BMO Capital Markets Inc., KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc. and U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc. will serve as co-managers.

Copies of the prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained by contacting BofA Securities, Inc, NC1-004-03-43; 200 North College Street, 3rd Floor, Charlotte, NC 28255-0001, Attention: Prospectus Department or by calling 1-800-294-1322; J.P. Morgan Securities LLC., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, Attention: Prospectus Department, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717 or by calling 1-866-803-9204; or Truist Securities, Inc., 3333 Peachtree Road NE, 9th floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, Attention: Prospectus Department or by calling 1-404-926-5906. The prospectus may also be obtained from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at http://www.sec.gov.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities. Offers of securities will be made only by means of a prospectus filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The prospectus is part of a shelf registration statement that has become effective under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. In addition, this press release does not constitute a notice of redemption with respect to the existing notes. Any such notice of redemption will be separately issued by Central when and if the existing notes are called for redemption.

About Central Garden & Pet

Central Garden & Pet Company is a leading innovator, producer and distributor of branded and private label products for the lawn & garden and pet supplies markets. Committed to new product innovation, our products are sold to specialty independent and mass retailers. Participating categories in Lawn & Garden include: Grass seed and the brands PENNINGTON®, and THE REBELS®; wild bird feed and the brand PENNINGTON®; weed and insect control and the brands AMDRO®, SEVIN®, and OVER-N-OUT®; fertilizer and the brands PENNINGTON® and IRONITE®; live plants from BELL NURSERY; outdoor cushions and pillows from ARDEN COMPANIES; and decorative outdoor patio products under the PENNINGTON® brand. We also provide a host of other regional and application-specific garden brands and supplies. Participating categories in Pet

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Central Garden & Pet Announces Offering of $400 Million of Senior Notes

Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ: CENT) (NASDAQ: CENTA) (“Central”), announced today it has commenced an offering, subject to market and other conditions, of $400 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2030 (the “notes”). The notes will be unconditionally guaranteed on a senior basis by each of Central’s existing and future domestic restricted subsidiaries who are borrowers under, or guarantors of, Central’s senior secured revolving credit facility or guarantee Central’s other debt. Central intends to use the net proceeds from the offering, together with cash on hand, to redeem its outstanding 6.125% senior notes due 2023 (the “existing notes”) and to pay related fees and expenses.

BofA Securities, Inc, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Truist Securities, Inc. will serve as joint book-running managers for the offering, and BMO Capital Markets Inc., KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc. and U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc. will serve as co-managers.

Copies of the prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained by contacting BofA Securities, Inc, NC1-004-03-43; 200 North College Street, 3rd Floor, Charlotte, NC 28255-0001, Attention: Prospectus Department or by calling 1-800-294-1322; J.P. Morgan Securities LLC., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, Attention: Prospectus Department, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717 or by calling 1-866-803-9204; or Truist Securities, Inc., 3333 Peachtree Road NE, 9th floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, Attention: Prospectus Department or by calling 1-404-926-5906. The prospectus may also be obtained from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at http://www.sec.gov.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities. Offers of securities will be made only by means of a prospectus filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The prospectus is part of a shelf registration statement that has become effective under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. In addition, this press release does not constitute a notice of redemption with respect to the existing notes. Any such notice of redemption will be separately issued by Central when and if the existing notes are called for redemption.

About Central Garden & Pet

Central Garden & Pet Company is a leading innovator, producer and distributor of branded and private label products for the lawn & garden and pet supplies markets. Committed to new product innovation, our products are sold to specialty independent and mass retailers. Participating categories in Lawn & Garden include: Grass seed and the brands PENNINGTON®, and THE REBELS®; wild bird feed and the brand PENNINGTON®; weed and insect control and the brands AMDRO®, SEVIN®, and OVER-N-OUT®; fertilizer and the brands PENNINGTON® and IRONITE®; live plants from BELL NURSERY; outdoor cushions and pillows from ARDEN COMPANIES; and decorative outdoor patio products under the PENNINGTON® brand. We also provide a host of other regional and application-specific garden brands and supplies. Participating categories in Pet include: Animal health and the brands ADAMS™, COMFORT ZONE®, FARNAM®, HORSE HEALTH™ and VITAFLEX®; aquatics and reptile and the brands AQUEON®, CORALIFE®, SEGREST™ and ZILLA®; bird & small animal and the brands KAYTEE®, Forti-Diet®

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Cheney senior spurs historic win over Garden Plain

Recognizing the significance of what he had just achieved was a little difficult for Cheney senior Logan Bartlett.

First off, it was hard to keep track of everything he had just done to help Cheney secure a 44-7 victory over Garden Plain, which is the largest victory for the Cardinals over the Owls in the seven decades that the series spans. Cheney improved to 3-0 in a battle of undefeated teams.

There were the three touchdown catches on offense. Then there were the three interceptions on defense. And don’t forget the five extra points and 28-yard field goal he kicked.

“When you’re on a roll, you don’t really think much about it,” Bartlett said after it was all over. “When it’s over, then you look back and realize it was a lot of fun, but you’re not really thinking about it like that during the game.”

There will be a lot of fun to reflect back on for Bartlett after Friday’s performance.

Like the interception he grabbed in his own end zone when Cheney was trailing 7-3 that prevented Garden Plain from extending its lead. Two plays later, Harrison Voth connected with Marcus Peinter for a 70-yard touchdown to give Cheney a lead it never relinquished.

Then there were the pair of touchdown catches he caught in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. Both times a Garden Plain defender was next to Bartlett, only to watch helplessly as the Cheney senior created separation at the final moment to haul in the pass.

“Basically what I try to do is be the first one to the ball,” said Bartlett, who finished with four catches for 96 yards. “And then I just get my two hands on it before they can.”

But perhaps Bartlett’s best catch of the night came in the fourth quarter when Voth heaved a prayer to the back of the end zone targeting Bartlett, who had a Garden Plain defender in front of him. The ball went through both of their hands, struck Bartlett in the face mask and bounced into his hands for his third touchdown of the game.

“Geez, Logan had an amazing game,” said Voth, who racked up 340 passing yards. “I have receivers who can catch all of my bad balls. When you have receivers like that, you can put the ball almost anywhere.”

Voth is short-changing himself there. According to Cheney coach Shelby Wehrman, Voth’s improvement from his sophomore to junior season at quarterback is the biggest reason why Cheney is averaging 45.3 points per game during its 3-0 start.

Cheney spreads the field with an array of talented receivers like Bartlett, a 6-foot-4 target in Luke Grace (seven catches, 78 yards, one touchdown), Peinter and Dayton Higgs, which opens up the running game for Quincy Thomas (150 rushing yards). Cheney’s offensive line is led by seniors Landen Ayres, Peyton Hays, Braden Black and Blake Molyneux.

“Harrison has gotten so much better reading the game,” Wehrman said. “You saw

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Community Garden At Austell Senior Center Gets Some TLC, E. Cobb

September 14, 2020

The Cobb County Master Gardeners have a new project at Austell Senior Center. UGA-Cobb Extension staff and Master Gardener Coordinator Renae Lemon joined a group of master gardeners at the community garden behind the center for a renovation.

“Master gardeners from Cobb County were excited to get out in the sunshine and help clean out these wonderful beds and fill them with a fall crop,” Lemon said. “When the Austell seniors return, they will be excited to harvest and enjoy these crops.”

The volunteers pulled weeds, cleaned the beds and planted a fall crop to help get the gardens started. A couple of the master gardeners will remain in close contact with the center to help instruct and educate gardeners on how to grow and maintain their beautiful garden beds.

“As the new Cobb County agriculture and natural resources extension agent, it has been great to get to know the area master gardeners,” Hallie Harriman said. “Their abundant knowledge of all things horticulture and willingness to share are just two reasons why this group is such a blessing to our community. Here’s to building sustainable gardens and relationships in Cobb County!”

We thank our wonderful staff and volunteers for these efforts.

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House Dems investigating Pompeo, wife to face off with senior State Dept. officials

Two House Democratic chairs have been investigating allegations against Pompeo.

Months of tension between House Democrats and the State Department are set to spill out into public display on Wednesday when senior department officials testify about the firing of the agency’s inspector general.

President Donald Trump’s removal of the federal watchdog at the request of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came as the independent office was investigating Pompeo and his wife leading to accusations of retaliation that the Pompeos have denied.

Those accusations were revived on Friday after the House published a transcript of two top Pompeo aides’ closed-door testimony.

The House Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees’ Democratic chairs have been investigating several allegations against the top U.S. diplomat, including his unprecedented speech to the Republican National Convention, his cooperation with a Republican-led Senate investigation of Trump’s opponent Joe Biden and his private dinners at the State Department for elite guests.

Inspector general Steve Linick was fired in May. At the time, Pompeo confirmed he requested to have Linick removed and accused him of leaking or “investigating policies he simply didn’t like.”

Linick’s office was investigating allegations of the Pompeos’ use of career staff to run personal errands, the secretary’s use of an emergency authority to bypass Congress and sell arms to Saudi Arabia, the department rescinding an award to a Finnish journalist who criticized Trump and allegations of “workplace violence” in the Office of the Chief of Protocol.

Pompeo has denied that Linick’s firing was retaliatory — at first saying he was unaware of any investigations and then saying while he answered questions about the arms sale probe, he didn’t know the full scope.

PHOTO: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens during the third annual U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue at the State Dept., Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 in Washington.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens during the third annual U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue at the State Dept., Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 in Washington.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens during the third annual U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue at the State Dept., Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 in Washington.

Stephen Akard, a longtime aide to Vice President Mike Pence who had served as acting inspector general after Linick was fired, told the House committees that “Pompeo was interested in the release of” the OIG’s Saudi arms sale probe, but that he had recused himself from it. As a political appointee who still served as director of State’s Office of Foreign Missions, he wanted to avoid any potential conflicts of interest before resigning in August.

Akard’s sworn affidavit, released by the committee Monday, is the latest participation by a department official in the committee’s probe. Its chair, Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., released transcripts Friday from two top Pompeo aides, a longtime confidante Toni Porter and a career official Lisa Kenna, who serves as executive secretary, a key gatekeeper for a secretary of state.

Porter told the committees that she was interviewed two weeks ago by the Office of Inspector General about “misuse of government resources” by Pompeo and his wife Susan

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Singapore Kitchen Equipment CEO, group senior sales manager, on bail amid graft probe, Business News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE (THE BUSINESS TIMES) – Catalist-listed Singapore Kitchen Equipment said on Sunday night (Sept 13) that its husband-and-wife founders Sally Chua Chwee Choo and Alan Lee Chong Hoe, as well as group senior sales manager Alvin Chiao Shan Ren, were interviewed by the authorities in a corruption probe.

Ms Chua is the group’s executive director and chief executive officer, while Mr Lee is an executive director.

Ms Chua and Mr Chiao are on bail in relation to investigations into offences under Section 6(b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the group said in a regulatory update.

It added that their passports were surrendered to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).

Ms Chua, Mr Lee and Mr Chiao were interviewed by the CPIB on or about Sept 10 in connection with entertainment expenses and sales commissions relating to certain projects undertaken by Q’son Kitchen Equipment, a wholly-owned subsidiary.

The group, through Q’son, provides commercial and industrial kitchen solutions for the food and beverage and hospitality services industries. Ms Chua is also the managing director of Q’son.

Singapore Kitchen Equipment said the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed against Ms Chua, Mr Lee and Mr Chiao as at Sunday. Its nominating committee is of the view that the trio remain competent and it would be in the group’s best interests that they continue to discharge their responsibilities and duties in the operation of the group’s businesses.

Although it is presently not aware of any impropriety or offence committed by Ms Chua, Mr Lee and Mr Chiao, the board said it has appointed solicitors and an independent reviewer to, among other things, review the group’s internal processes and internal controls to further strengthen corporate governance.

Singapore Kitchen Equipment on Sunday requested to lift a trading halt called on Sept 11. The counter last traded at 9.8 cents on Aug 20.

Correction note: An earlier version of the article incorrectly reported that Alan Lee Chong Hoe instead of Alvin Chiao Shan Ren as being on bail and having his passport surrendered.  We are sorry for the error.

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Community Garden At Austell Senior Center Gets Some TLC, Marietta

September 14, 2020

The Cobb County Master Gardeners have a new project at Austell Senior Center. UGA-Cobb Extension staff and Master Gardener Coordinator Renae Lemon joined a group of master gardeners at the community garden behind the center for a renovation.

“Master gardeners from Cobb County were excited to get out in the sunshine and help clean out these wonderful beds and fill them with a fall crop,” Lemon said. “When the Austell seniors return, they will be excited to harvest and enjoy these crops.”

The volunteers pulled weeds, cleaned the beds and planted a fall crop to help get the gardens started. A couple of the master gardeners will remain in close contact with the center to help instruct and educate gardeners on how to grow and maintain their beautiful garden beds.

“As the new Cobb County agriculture and natural resources extension agent, it has been great to get to know the area master gardeners,” Hallie Harriman said. “Their abundant knowledge of all things horticulture and willingness to share are just two reasons why this group is such a blessing to our community. Here’s to building sustainable gardens and relationships in Cobb County!”

We thank our wonderful staff and volunteers for these efforts.

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Trump attack on military brass is ‘wrong,’ senior House Republican says

Trump on Monday said Pentagon leaders don’t like him “because they want to do nothing but fight wars so that all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs and make the planes and make everything else stay happy.”

The Texas Republican was pressed on the accusation, along with allegations that the president mocked troops who were wounded or killed. Thornberry, who is not running for reelection, also defended Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin, who Trump said should be fired after she confirmed that Trump has disparaged veterans.

Trump came under heavy criticism after the Atlantic cited anonymous sources claiming the commander in chief called wounded and dead troops “suckers” and “losers.” The White House has vehemently denied the report, though elements of the story have been corroborated by several outlets.

Following Trump’s comments about military leaders and defense contractors, Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville defended the brass on Tuesday, saying the generals would recommend sending troops to war only “as a last resort.”

Thornberry added that senior military leaders “who have to send folks into war are the most reluctant to go to war.”

“You can say, well, their judgment is wrong or they think too much alike,” Thornberry said of military leaders. “But their motivation, their patriotism is to me without question. These are remarkable individuals.”

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Senior Deonte Brown Crucial to Crimson Tide’s Interior O-Line Play

Cornbread is what they call him. 

“I got it when I first came here as a true freshman,” University of Alabama offensive lineman Deonte Brown said when asked the origins of his peculiar nickname. “Some of the older guys joking around with me and saying that and it became my nickname.”

Brown, who starts eight games at right guard a season ago for the Crimson Tide, appears to be making the transition back to left guard, where he started five games in 2018, this season. 

“I’ve played both right and left guard,” Brown said. “To me it’s probably more mental than physical. [As for physical] the only real difference is hand on the ground. But knowing which position is doing what is probably the most challenging.”

The 6-foot-4, 350 pound lineman is one of the four returning starters to Alabama’s offensive line, and the Crimson Tide will rely heavily on him, in the interior of the trenches. 

“We’re a pretty tight-knit group,” Brown said. “There really wasn’t that much chemistry lost.”

Earlier in fall camp, Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian noted how important this unit will be for the team’s success in 2020, starting with Brown. 

“We obviously have an abundance of of experience up front, when you start talking about Deonte Brown, Landon Dickerson, Alex Leatherwood, Chris Owens, Evan Neal,” Sarkisian said a couple weeks ago. “Those guys have played a lot of football. I think one of the things that comes out of it is the communication factor, those guys can communicate really well with one another up front. I think, two, their communication to us as coaches. They’ve seen a lot of football, they know some of the issues the defense is presenting and making the proper adjustments that way. And then thirdly, I think from a game plan standpoint. When have a veteran group, you can do some subtle tweaks, you can do some things with those guys that maybe you couldn’t do with a younger group, just from an inexperience standpoint. 

“So all in all, these guys are battle-tested, they’ve been in a lot of big games, they’ve competed against the best opponents, so we got a lot of faith in them and we’re fortunate. I’ve been in seasons where we haven’t had such a veteran offensive line, so with this group of guys we’re looking forward to those guys being the bell cows in the run game and the pass game, and from a leadership standpoint offensively.”

The Crimson Tide has a scheduled off day from practice on Friday, but if all went according to plan, this week should have been spent preparing for the USC Trojans in Arlington, Tex. 

““It kind of is with COVID-19,” Brown said when asked if it was weird not having a game on Labor Day weekend. 

“But we’re adjusting well.”

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