Emerging Green Stocks: Investing in the Organics Industry

Events of the last decade have continually brought the issue of sustainability to the forefront. Extreme weather patterns, health scares possibly linked to what we put in and on our bodies, and ever increasing energy costs heightened consumer awareness and increased the desire for more alternative choices.

The market for green solutions has grown exponentially, and small emerging companies are pushing the envelope to bring us environmentally friendly products and innovative technologies that promote sustainability.

Hundreds of now well known brands started as tiny, green stocks. With a focus on the environment, solid business models, sound management and investor awareness, companies such as Whole Foods Market (WFM), First Solar (FSLR), United Natural Foods (UNFI), and WaterFurnace Renewable Energy (WFIFF), have grown into market leaders.

One green solutions sector experiencing solid growth is organic products.* Consumers concerned about how their food is grown and processed and the impact on the environment, have fueled the steadily increasing demand for organically grown food. One company that recognized a void in the availability of organic based plant care products and programs to the general public is Organic Plant Health (OPHI).

A publicly traded entity since February 2011, Organic Plant Health has shown revenues of over $1M for each of the last three years. According to a news release on May 10, 2011, the 2 year financial audit that was recently conducted has been completed. The company will soon be completing its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and transitioning on to a fully reporting exchange. This will give OPHI transparency and hopefully the credibility it deserves, which should result in increased investor awareness and assist them with growth and expansion plans.

Founded in 2007 by Billy Styles, 5th generation farmer and Certified Master Gardener, and Alan Talbert, successful entrepreneur and marketing professional, Organic Plant Health produces, distributes and sells 23 exclusive OPH Brand products. OPHI’s products are used all over America in residential landscapes, commercial and residential developments, golf courses, athletic fields, agriculture, arboriculture, sod farms, vineyards, greenhouses and nurseries.

Organic Plant Health offers complete annual programs for the care of lawns, turf, trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens. OPHI’s products are best described as contemporary, professional grade, organic-based, natural and enviro-responsible products. These innovative products along with OPHI’s education oriented, customer-first business practices appeal to green-minded consumers and businesses, as well as homeowners and businesses with do-it-yourself tendencies, two of the fastest growing segments in the consumer market.

The 2nd Edition of Trends in Organic Lawn and Garden Products published by Packaged Facts, a division of Market Research Group states that, “With the increasing demand for and availability of organic products along with expanding knowledge of organic practices among consumers, the organic L&G sector is expected to continue growing over the next five years even in the teeth of a severe economic downturn. By 2013, Packaged Facts, projects the sector will reach $775 million with total sales gaining 60% over the 2009-2013 period.”

In their short history, Organic Plant Health has positioned itself on the leading edge in the research and development of organic-based lawn and garden products, and they are eager to gain market share. All indications are that OPHI appears to be a company poised for notable growth and success.

Read the Organic Plant Health Executive Summary

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*According to a July 2010 report published by Winslow Management Company, an environmentally-focused investment firm founded in 1983, the rapidly expanding green solutions/sustainability markets are targeted for an average annual revenue growth of 20+%, even in this weak economy.

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