SOURCE: Franklin Resources, Inc.

June 08, 2009 16:30 ET

Franklin Resources, Inc. Announces Month-End Assets Under Management

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - June 8, 2009) - Franklin Resources, Inc. (Franklin Templeton Investments) (NYSE: BEN) today reported preliminary month-end assets under management by the company's subsidiaries of $448.7 billion at May 31, 2009, compared to $421.0 billion at April 30, 2009 and $623.0 billion at May 31, 2008.

ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT
                         Preliminary
(In billions)             31-May-09 30-Apr-09 31-Mar-09 31-Dec-08 31-May-08
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Franklin Templeton Investments:
   Equity:
     Global/international    $153.8    $138.5    $124.7    $142.6    $260.6
     Domestic (U.S.)           56.3      53.5      48.5      55.2      90.1
                             ------    ------    ------    ------    ------
     Total equity             210.1     192.0     173.2     197.8     350.7
                             ------    ------    ------    ------    ------

   Hybrid                      84.5      80.1      75.0      78.8     115.7

   Fixed-Income:
     Tax-free                  62.5      61.0      59.3      56.1      61.9
     Taxable:
       Global/international    48.8      45.6      43.0      45.9      55.7
       Domestic (U.S.)         34.9      33.9      32.5      29.8      31.9
                             ------    ------    ------    ------    ------
     Total fixed-income       146.2     140.5     134.8     131.8     149.5
                             ------    ------    ------    ------    ------

   Cash Management*             7.9       8.4       8.1       7.8       7.1

                             ------    ------    ------    ------    ------
Total                        $448.7    $421.0    $391.1    $416.2    $623.0
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* Includes both U.S.-registered money market funds and foreign funds with
  similar investment objectives.

Franklin Resources, Inc. is a global investment management organization operating as Franklin Templeton Investments. Franklin Templeton Investments provides global and domestic investment management solutions managed by its Franklin, Templeton, Mutual Series, Fiduciary Trust, Darby and Bissett investment teams. The San Mateo, CA-based company has more than 60 years of investment experience. For more information, please call 1-800/DIAL BEN® or visit franklinresources.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:

The financial results in this press release are preliminary. Statements in this press release regarding Franklin Resources, Inc. and its subsidiaries, which are not historical facts, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors, some of which are listed below, that could cause the actual results and outcomes to differ materially from any future results or outcomes expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These and other risks, uncertainties and other important factors are described in more detail in Franklin's recent filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, in Risk Factors and Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in Franklin's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2008 and Franklin's subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

--  The ongoing volatility and disruption of the capital and credit
    markets, and adverse changes in the global economy, have significantly
    affected our results of operations and may continue to put pressure on our
    financial results.
--  The amount and mix of our assets under management are subject to
    significant fluctuations.
--  We are subject to extensive and often complex, overlapping and
    frequently changing rules, regulations and legal interpretations.
--  Regulatory and legislative actions and reforms have made the
    regulatory environment in which we operate more costly and future actions
    and reforms could adversely impact our assets under management, increase
    costs and negatively impact our profitability and future financial results.
--  Our ability to maintain the beneficial tax treatment we anticipate
    with respect to non-U.S. earnings we have repatriated is based on current
    interpretations of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 (the "Jobs Act")
    and permitted use of such amounts in accordance with our domestic
    reinvestment plan and the Jobs Act.
--  Any significant limitation or failure of our software applications and
    other technology systems that are critical to our operations could
    constrain our operations.
--  Our investment management business operations are complex and a
    failure to properly perform operational tasks or the misrepresentation of
    our products and services could have an adverse effect on our revenues and
    income.
--  We face risks, and corresponding potential costs and expenses,
    associated with conducting operations and growing our business in numerous
    countries.
--  We depend on key personnel and our financial performance could be
    negatively affected by the loss of their services.
--  Strong competition from numerous and sometimes larger companies with
    competing offerings and products could limit or reduce sales of our
    products, potentially resulting in a decline in our market share, revenues
    and net income.
--  Changes in the distribution and sales channels on which we depend
    could reduce our revenues and hinder our growth.
--  Our increasing focus on international markets as a source of
    investments and sales of investment products subjects us to increased
    exchange rate and other risks in connection with earnings and income
    generated overseas.
--  Poor investment performance of our products could affect our sales or
    reduce the level of assets under management, potentially negatively
    impacting our revenues and income.
--  We could suffer losses in earnings or revenue if our reputation is
    harmed.
--  Our future results are dependent upon maintaining an appropriate level
    of expenses, which is subject to fluctuation.
--  Our ability to successfully integrate widely varied business lines can
    be impeded by systems and other technological limitations.
--  Our inability to successfully recover should we experience a disaster
    or other business continuity problem could cause material financial loss,
    loss of human capital, regulatory actions, reputational harm or legal
    liability.
--  Certain of the portfolios we manage, including our emerging market
    portfolios, are vulnerable to significant market-specific political,
    economic or other risks, any of which may negatively impact our revenues
    and income.
--  Our revenues, earnings and income could be adversely affected if the
    terms of our management agreements are significantly altered or these
    agreements are terminated by the funds we advise.
--  Regulatory and governmental examinations and/or investigations, civil
    litigation relating to previously settled regulatory and governmental
    investigations, and the legal risks associated with our business, could
    adversely impact our assets under management, increase costs and negatively
    impact our profitability and/or our future financial results.
--  Our ability to meet cash needs depends upon certain factors, including
    our asset value, credit worthiness and the market value of our stock.
--  Our ability to access the capital markets in a timely manner should we
    seek to do so depends on a number of factors.
--  Diverse and strong competition limits the interest rates that we can
    charge on consumer loans.
--  Our business could be negatively affected if we or our banking
    subsidiaries fail to remain well capitalized.
--  Liquidity needs could affect our banking business.
--  We are dependent on the earnings of our subsidiaries.
    

Contact Information

  • Franklin Resources, Inc.

    Corporate Communications:
    Matt Walsh
    (650) 312-2245

    Investor Relations:
    Brian Sevilla
    (650) 312-4091
    franklinresources.com