SOURCE: Franklin Resources, Inc.

Franklin Resources, Inc.

October 22, 2015 08:30 ET

Franklin Resources, Inc. Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Results

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 22, 2015) - Franklin Resources, Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE: BEN) today announced preliminary net income1 of $358.2 million or $0.59 per diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, as compared to $504.2 million or $0.82 per diluted share for the previous quarter and $640.6 million or $1.02 per diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2014. Preliminary net income1 for the year ended September 30, 2015 was $2,035.3 million or $3.29 per diluted share, as compared to $2,384.3 million or $3.79 per diluted share for the previous year.

                                     
    Quarter Ended     % Change     Quarter Ended     % Change     Fiscal Year Ended September 30,     % Change  
    30-Sep-15     30-Jun-15     Qtr. vs. Qtr.     30-Sep-14     Year vs. Year     2015     2014    
Financial Results                                                          
(in millions, except per share data)                                                          
Operating revenues   $ 1,873.8     $ 2,000.8     (6 )%   $ 2,155.5     (13 )%   $ 7,948.7     $ 8,491.4     (6 )%
Operating income     718.1       769.8     (7 )%     835.3     (14 )%     3,027.6       3,221.2     (6 )%
Operating margin     38.3 %     38.5 %           38.8 %           38.1 %     37.9 %      
                                                           
Net income1   $ 358.2     $ 504.2     (29 )%   $ 640.6     (44 )%   $ 2,035.3     $ 2,384.3     (15 )%
Diluted earnings per share     0.59       0.82     (28 )%     1.02     (42 )%     3.29       3.79     (13 )%
                                                           
Assets Under Management                                                          
(in billions)                                                          
Ending   $ 770.9     $ 866.5     (11 )%   $ 898.0     (14 )%   $ 770.9     $ 898.0     (14 )%
Average2     824.5       882.6     (7 )%     912.1     (10 )%     869.5       887.9     (2 )%
Net new flows     (28.6 )     (11.1 )   158 %     (0.1 )   NM       (48.8 )     (4.6 )   961 %
                                                           

Total assets under management ("AUM") were $770.9 billion at September 30, 2015, down $95.6 billion or 11% during the quarter primarily due to $61.2 billion of market depreciation, $28.6 billion of net new outflows, and a $4.6 billion decrease from foreign exchange revaluation. AUM decreased $127.1 billion or 14% during the fiscal year primarily due to $57.9 billion of market depreciation, $48.8 billion of net new outflows and a $15.1 billion decrease from foreign exchange revaluation. The foreign exchange revaluations are related to AUM in products that are not U.S. dollar denominated, which represents approximately 13% of total AUM, and primarily resulted from fluctuation of the U.S. dollar against the Canadian dollar and Australian dollar for the quarter and fiscal year, as well as the Euro for the fiscal year.

Cash and cash equivalents and investments were $10.6 billion at September 30, 2015, as compared to $10.0 billion at September 30, 2014. Total stockholders' equity was $12.5 billion at September 30, 2015, as compared to $12.2 billion at September 30, 2014. The Company had 603.5 million shares of common stock outstanding at September 30, 2015, as compared to 622.9 million shares outstanding at September 30, 2014. During the quarter ended September 30, 2015, the Company repurchased 11.9 million shares of its common stock for a total cost of $500.3 million.

On October 19, 2015, the Board of Directors ("Board of Directors") of the Company authorized the Company to repurchase, from time to time, up to an aggregate of 30.0 million shares of its common stock in either open market or off-market transactions. The size and timing of these purchases will depend on price, market and business conditions and other factors. The stock repurchase program is not subject to an expiration date. The new Board of Directors authorization is in addition to the existing authorization, of which approximately 7.2 million shares remained available for repurchase at September 30, 2015. Shares repurchased under the stock repurchase program are retired.

Conference Call Information

Pre-recorded audio commentary on the results from Franklin Resources, Inc.'s Chairman and CEO Greg Johnson and CFO and Executive Vice President Ken Lewis will be available today at approximately 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. They will also lead a live teleconference today at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to answer questions of a material nature. Analysts and investors are encouraged to review the Company's recent filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and to contact Investor Relations before the live teleconference for any clarifications or questions related to the earnings release or pre-recorded audio commentary.

Access to the pre-recorded audio commentary and accompanying slides are available at investors.franklinresources.com. The pre-recorded audio commentary can also be accessed by dialing (877) 523-5612 in the U.S. and Canada or (201) 689-8483 internationally using access code 7055790, any time through November 25, 2015.

Access to the live teleconference will be available at investors.franklinresources.com or by dialing (877) 407-8293 in the U.S. and Canada or (201) 689-8349 internationally. A replay of the teleconference can also be accessed by calling (877) 660-6853 in the U.S. and Canada or (201) 612-7415 internationally using access code 13621705, after 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 22, 2015 through November 25, 2015.

Questions regarding the pre-recorded audio commentary or live teleconference should be directed to Franklin Resources, Inc., Investor Relations at (650) 312-4091 or Media Relations at (650) 312-2245.

Performance Rankings of Franklin Templeton's U.S.-Registered and Cross-Border Long-Term Mutual Funds3,4,5:

       
    Percentage of Assets in Top Two Peer Group Quartiles  
Period ended September 30, 2015   1-Year     3-Year     5-Year     10-Year  
Equity and Hybrid (AUM: $278 billion)   28 %   40 %   43 %   77 %
Fixed-Income (AUM: $237 billion)   20 %   72 %   74 %   84 %
  Total (AUM: $515 billion)   24 %   55 %   57 %   80 %
                           

Performance quoted above represents past performance, which cannot predict or guarantee future results. All investments involve risks, including loss of principal.

 
Franklin Resources, Inc.
Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
Unaudited
(in millions, except per share data and AUM)   Three Months Ended
September 30,
    % Change     Twelve Months Ended
September 30,
    % Change  
2015     2014     2015     2014    
Operating Revenues                                            
  Investment management fees   $ 1,256.9     $ 1,430.7     (12 )%   $ 5,327.8     $ 5,565.7     (4 )%
  Sales and distribution fees     510.6       627.4     (19 )%     2,252.4       2,546.4     (12 )%
  Shareholder servicing fees     64.4       68.3     (6 )%     262.8       281.1     (7 )%
  Other     41.9       29.1     44 %     105.7       98.2     8 %
    Total operating revenues     1,873.8       2,155.5     (13 )%     7,948.7       8,491.4     (6 )%
Operating Expenses                                            
  Sales, distribution and marketing     626.3       755.9     (17 )%     2,762.3       3,088.2     (11 )%
  Compensation and benefits     336.8       365.9     (8 )%     1,453.3       1,467.9     (1 )%
  Information systems and technology     64.9       60.8     7 %     224.3       216.3     4 %
  Occupancy     35.6       36.7     (3 )%     132.7       137.7     (4 )%
  General, administrative and other     92.1       100.9     (9 )%     348.5       360.1     (3 )%
    Total operating expenses     1,155.7       1,320.2     (12 )%     4,921.1       5,270.2     (7 )%
Operating Income     718.1       835.3     (14 )%     3,027.6       3,221.2     (6 )%
Other Income (Expenses)                                            
  Investment and other income (losses), net     (109.5 )     63.0     NM       40.4       235.8     (83 )%
  Interest expense     (12.9 )     (12.5 )   3 %     (39.6 )     (47.4 )   (16 )%
    Other income (expenses), net     (122.4 )     50.5     NM       0.8       188.4     (100 )%
  Income before taxes     595.7       885.8     (33 )%     3,028.4       3,409.6     (11 )%
  Taxes on income     214.2       255.0     (16 )%     923.7       997.9     (7 )%
  Net income     381.5       630.8     (40 )%     2,104.7       2,411.7     (13 )%
  Less: net income (loss) attributable to                                            
    Nonredeemable noncontrolling interests     26.1       (16.2 )   NM       75.5       6.8     NM  
    Redeemable noncontrolling interests     (2.8 )     6.4     NM       (6.1 )     20.6     NM  
Net Income Attributable to Franklin Resources, Inc.   $ 358.2     $ 640.6     (44 )%   $ 2,035.3     $ 2,384.3     (15 )%
                                             
Earnings per Share                                            
  Basic   $ 0.59     $ 1.03     (43 )%   $ 3.29     $ 3.79     (13 )%
  Diluted     0.59       1.02     (42 )%     3.29       3.79     (13 )%
Dividends per Share   $ 0.15     $ 0.12     25 %   $ 1.10     $ 0.48     129 %
                                             
Average Shares Outstanding                                      
  Basic     607.4       621.6     (2 )%     614.8       624.8     (2 )%
  Diluted     607.4       622.1     (2 )%     614.9       625.2     (2 )%
                                             
Operating Margin     38.3 %     38.8 %           38.1 %     37.9 %      
                                             
AUM (in billions)                                            
  Ending   $ 770.9     $ 898.0     (14 )%   $ 770.9     $ 898.0     (14 )%
  Average     824.5       912.1     (10 )%     869.5       887.9     (2 )%
  Net new flows     (28.6 )     (0.1 )   NM       (48.8 )     (4.6 )   961 %
                                               
                                               
                                               
Franklin Resources, Inc.
Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
Unaudited
 
   
(in millions, except per share data and employees)   Three Months Ended     % Change     Three Months Ended  
30-Sep-15     30-Jun-15     31-Mar-15     30-Dec-14     30-Sep-14  
Operating Revenues                                              
  Investment management fees   $ 1,256.9     $ 1,340.9     (6 )%   $ 1,347.6     $ 1,382.4     $ 1,430.7  
  Sales and distribution fees     510.6       566.8     (10 )%     580.0       595.0       627.4  
  Shareholder servicing fees     64.4       66.5     (3 )%     66.1       65.8       68.3  
  Other     41.9       26.6     58 %     16.1       21.1       29.1  
    Total operating revenues     1,873.8       2,000.8     (6 )%     2,009.8       2,064.3       2,155.5  
Operating Expenses                                              
  Sales, distribution and marketing     626.3       694.0     (10 )%     710.5       731.5       755.9  
  Compensation and benefits     336.8       363.5     (7 )%     377.5       375.5       365.9  
  Information systems and technology     64.9       58.3     11 %     49.9       51.2       60.8  
  Occupancy     35.6       30.7     16 %     32.1       34.3       36.7  
  General, administrative and other     92.1       84.5     9 %     82.1       89.8       100.9  
    Total operating expenses     1,155.7       1,231.0     (6 )%     1,252.1       1,282.3       1,320.2  
Operating Income     718.1       769.8     (7 )%     757.7       782.0       835.3  
Other Income (Expenses)                                              
  Investment and other income (losses), net     (109.5 )     (4.7 )   NM       102.9       51.7       63.0  
  Interest expense     (12.9 )     (13.7 )   (6 )%     (1.7 )     (11.3 )     (12.5 )
    Other income (expenses), net     (122.4 )     (18.4 )   565 %     101.2       40.4       50.5  
  Income before taxes     595.7       751.4     (21 )%     858.9       822.4       885.8  
  Taxes on income     214.2       217.4     (1 )%     236.0       256.1       255.0  
  Net income     381.5       534.0     (29 )%     622.9       566.3       630.8  
  Less: net income (loss) attributable to                                              
    Nonredeemable noncontrolling interests     26.1       28.6     (9 )%     14.1       6.7       (16.2 )
    Redeemable noncontrolling interests     (2.8 )     1.2     NM       2.3       (6.8 )     6.4  
Net Income Attributable to Franklin Resources, Inc.   $ 358.2     $ 504.2     (29 )%   $ 606.5     $ 566.4     $ 640.6  
                                               
Earnings per Share                                              
  Basic   $ 0.59     $ 0.82     (28 )%   $ 0.98     $ 0.91     $ 1.03  
  Diluted     0.59       0.82     (28 )%     0.98       0.91       1.02  
Dividends per Share   $ 0.15     $ 0.15     0 %   $ 0.15     $ 0.65     $ 0.12  
                                               
Average Shares Outstanding                                        
  Basic     607.4       614.1     (1 )%     617.6       620.1       621.6  
  Diluted     607.4       614.2     (1 )%     617.7       620.2       622.1  
                                               
Operating Margin     38.3 %     38.5 %           37.7 %     37.9 %     38.8 %
                                               
Employees     9,489       9,576     (1 )%     9,362       9,368       9,266  
Billable Shareholder Accounts     24.8       25.3     (2 )%     24.8       24.3       23.9  
                                               
                                               
                                               

AUM AND FLOWS

                         
(in billions)   Three Months Ended
September 30,
    %
Change
    Twelve Months Ended
September 30,
    %
Change
 
2015     2014     2015     2014    
Beginning AUM   $ 866.5     $ 920.5     (6 )%   $ 898.0     $ 844.7     6 %
  Long-term sales     30.5       45.4     (33 )%     161.4       192.6     (16 )%
  Long-term redemptions     (58.1 )     (46.0 )   26 %     (209.0 )     (197.5 )   6 %
  Net cash management     (1.0 )     0.5     NM       (1.2 )     0.3     NM  
    Net new flows     (28.6 )     (0.1 )   NM       (48.8 )     (4.6 )   961 %
  Reinvested distributions     4.8       4.1     17 %     28.5       21.6     32 %
    Net flows     (23.8 )     4.0     NM       (20.3 )     17.0     NM  
  Distributions     (6.0 )     (5.1 )   18 %     (33.8 )     (26.1 )   30 %
  Appreciation (depreciation) and other6     (65.8 )     (21.4 )   207 %     (73.0 )     62.4     NM  
Ending AUM   $ 770.9     $ 898.0     (14 )%   $ 770.9     $ 898.0     (14 )%
                                             

AUM BY INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE

                           
(in billions)   30-Sep-15   30-Jun-15   % Change     31-Mar-15   30-Dec-14   30-Sep-14
Equity                                    
  Global/international   $ 212.1   $ 247.3   (14 )%   $ 251.8   $ 248.5   $ 261.5
  United States     100.8     114.4   (12 )%     115.6     113.1     109.5
    Total equity     312.9     361.7   (13 )%     367.4     361.6     371.0
Hybrid     138.3     154.8   (11 )%     158.2     157.1     159.0
Fixed-Income                                    
  Tax-free     71.7     72.7   (1 )%     74.2     73.2     72.1
  Taxable                                    
    Global/international     182.7     208.5   (12 )%     211.1     219.1     225.1
    United States     58.5     61.8   (5 )%     63.1     62.2     63.8
    Total fixed-income     312.9     343.0   (9 )%     348.4     354.5     361.0
Cash Management     6.8     7.0   (3 )%     6.6     6.9     7.0
  Total AUM   $ 770.9   $ 866.5   (11 )%   $ 880.6   $ 880.1   $ 898.0
Average AUM for the Three-Month Period   $ 824.5   $ 882.6   (7 )%   $ 881.6   $ 894.1   $ 912.1
                                     
                                     
                                     

AUM AND FLOWS - UNITED STATES AND INTERNATIONAL7

       
    As of and for the Three Months Ended  
(in billions)   30-Sep-15     % of Total     30-Jun-15     % of Total     30-Sep-14     % of Total  
Long-Term Sales                                          
  United States   $ 16.3     53 %   $ 18.9     50 %   $ 21.6     48 %
  International     14.2     47 %     18.8     50 %     23.8     52 %
    Total long-term sales   $ 30.5     100 %   $ 37.7     100 %   $ 45.4     100 %
Long-Term Redemptions                                          
  United States   $ (33.1 )   57 %   $ (24.9 )   51 %   $ (23.3 )   51 %
  International     (25.0 )   43 %     (24.1 )   49 %     (22.7 )   49 %
    Total long-term redemptions   $ (58.1 )   100 %   $ (49.0 )   100 %   $ (46.0 )   100 %
AUM                                          
  United States   $ 522.4     68 %   $ 578.3     67 %   $ 589.1     66 %
  International     248.5     32 %     288.2     33 %     308.9     34 %
    Total AUM   $ 770.9     100 %   $ 866.5     100 %   $ 898.0     100 %
                                           
                                           
                                           

AUM AND FLOWS BY INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE

                               
(in billions)   Equity           Fixed-Income              
for the three months ended
September 30, 2015
  Global/
International
    United
States
    Hybrid     Tax-Free     Taxable
Global/
International
    Taxable
United
States
    Cash
Management
    Total  
AUM at July 1, 2015   $ 247.3     $ 114.4     $ 154.8     $ 72.7     $ 208.5     $ 61.8     $ 7.0     $ 866.5  
  Long-term sales     8.1       3.9       4.3       1.7       9.7       2.8       -       30.5  
  Long-term redemptions     (13.1 )     (7.6 )     (8.2 )     (3.5 )     (21.3 )     (4.4 )     -       (58.1 )
  Net exchanges     (0.1 )     0.2       (0.5 )     -       (0.6 )     0.2       0.8       -  
  Net cash management     -       -       -       -       -       -       (1.0 )     (1.0 )
    Net new flows     (5.1 )     (3.5 )     (4.4 )     (1.8 )     (12.2 )     (1.4 )     (0.2 )     (28.6 )
  Reinvested distributions     0.8       0.8       1.2       0.5       1.2       0.3       -       4.8  
    Net flows     (4.3 )     (2.7 )     (3.2 )     (1.3 )     (11.0 )     (1.1 )     (0.2 )     (23.8 )
  Distributions     (1.0 )     (0.8 )     (1.4 )     (0.6 )     (1.7 )     (0.5 )     -       (6.0 )
  Appreciation (depreciation) and other6     (29.9 )     (10.1 )     (11.9 )     0.9       (13.1 )     (1.7 )     -       (65.8 )
AUM at September 30, 2015   $ 212.1     $ 100.8     $ 138.3     $ 71.7     $ 182.7     $ 58.5     $ 6.8     $ 770.9  
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
(in billions)   Equity           Fixed-Income            
for the three months ended
June 30, 2015
  Global/
International
    United
States
    Hybrid     Tax-Free     Taxable
Global/
International
    Taxable
United
States
    Cash
Management
  Total  
AUM at April 1, 2015   $ 251.8     $ 115.6     $ 158.2     $ 74.2     211.1     63.1     6.6   $ 880.6  
  Long-term sales     9.8       4.6       5.6       2.1       12.9       2.7       -     37.7  
  Long-term redemptions     (14.7 )     (5.6 )     (7.3 )     (2.5 )     (15.5 )     (3.4 )     -     (49.0 )
  Net exchanges     0.3       -       -       (0.1 )     (0.3 )     -       0.1     -  
  Net cash management     -       -       -       -       -       -       0.2     0.2  
    Net new flows     (4.6 )     (1.0 )     (1.7 )     (0.5 )     (2.9 )     (0.7 )     0.3     (11.1 )
  Reinvested distributions     0.3       0.9       1.7       0.5       1.4       0.5       -     5.3  
    Net flows     (4.3 )     (0.1 )     -       -       (1.5 )     (0.2 )     0.3     (5.8 )
  Distributions     (0.4 )     (0.9 )     (1.9 )     (0.7 )     (1.7 )     (0.6 )     -     (6.2 )
  Appreciation (depreciation) and other6     0.2       (0.2 )     (1.5 )     (0.8 )     0.6       (0.5 )     0.1     (2.1 )
AUM at June 30, 2015   $ 247.3     $ 114.4     $ 154.8     $ 72.7     $ 208.5     $ 61.8     $ 7.0   $ 866.5  
                                                               
                                                               
                                                               
(in billions)   Equity           Fixed-Income              
for the three months ended
September 30, 2014
  Global/
International
    United
States
    Hybrid     Tax-Free     Taxable
Global/
International
    Taxable
United
States
    Cash
Management
    Total  
AUM at July 1, 2014   $ 273.8     $ 114.5     $ 162.5     $ 71.6     $ 230.6     $ 61.1     $ 6.4     $ 920.5  
  Long-term sales     11.4       4.4       8.1       2.0       15.0       4.5       -       45.4  
  Long-term redemptions     (14.3 )     (6.4 )     (6.1 )     (2.7 )     (12.3 )     (4.2 )     -       (46.0 )
  Net exchanges     0.1       (0.2 )     0.2       -       (0.2 )     (0.1 )     0.2       -  
  Net cash management     -       -       -       -       -       -       0.5       0.5  
    Net new flows     (2.8 )     (2.2 )     2.2       (0.7 )     2.5       0.2       0.7       (0.1 )
  Reinvested distributions     0.7       0.4       1.1       0.6       1.0       0.3       -       4.1  
    Net flows     (2.1 )     (1.8 )     3.3       (0.1 )     3.5       0.5       0.7       4.0  
  Distributions     (0.7 )     (0.4 )     (1.3 )     (0.7 )     (1.5 )     (0.5 )     -       (5.1 )
  Appreciation (depreciation) and other6     (9.5 )     (2.8 )     (5.5 )     1.3       (7.5 )     2.7       (0.1 )     (21.4 )
AUM at September 30, 2014   $ 261.5     $ 109.5     $ 159.0     $ 72.1     $ 225.1     $ 63.8     $ 7.0     $ 898.0  
                                                                 

Notes

1. Net income represents net income attributable to Franklin Resources, Inc.

2. Average AUM represents simple monthly average AUM.

3. Nothing in this section shall be considered a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell a security to any person in any jurisdiction where such offer, solicitation, purchase or sale would be unlawful under the securities laws of such jurisdiction.

4. Franklin/Templeton Distributors, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Franklin Resources, Inc., is the principal distributor of Franklin Templeton Investments' U.S. registered funds, which are available only in jurisdictions where an offer or solicitation of such products is permitted under applicable legislation. Products, services and information may not be available in all jurisdictions and are offered outside the U.S. by other Franklin Templeton Investments affiliates and/or their distributors as local legislation permits. 

5. The peer group rankings are sourced from either Lipper, a Thomson Reuters Company, or Morningstar, as the case may be, and are based on an absolute ranking of returns as of September 30, 2015. Lipper rankings for Franklin Templeton U.S.-registered long-term mutual funds are based on Class A shares and do not include sales charges. Franklin Templeton U.S.-registered long-term funds are compared against a universe of all share classes. Performance rankings for other share classes may differ. Morningstar rankings for Franklin Templeton cross-border long-term mutual funds are based on primary share classes and do not include sales charges. Performance rankings for other share classes may differ. Results may have been different if these or other factors had been considered. The figures in the table are based on data available from Lipper as of October 7, 2015 and Morningstar as of October 8, 2015 and are subject to revision. © 2015 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The information herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information.

6. Appreciation (depreciation) and other includes foreign exchange revaluation.

7. International includes North America-based advisors serving non-resident clients.

Franklin Resources, Inc. is a global investment management organization operating as Franklin Templeton Investments. Franklin Templeton Investments provides global and domestic investment management to retail, institutional and sovereign wealth clients in over 150 countries. Through specialized teams, the Company has expertise across all asset classes -- including equity, fixed income, alternative and custom solutions. The Company's more than 600 investment professionals are supported by its integrated, worldwide team of risk management professionals and global trading desk network. With offices in 35 countries, the California-based company has more than 65 years of investment experience and $770.9 billion in AUM as of September 30, 2015. The Company posts information that may be significant for investors in the Investor Relations and News Center sections of its website, and encourages investors to consult those sections regularly. For more information, please visit investors.franklinresources.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

The financial results in this press release are preliminary. Statements in this press release regarding Franklin Resources, Inc. ("Franklin") and its subsidiaries, which are not historical facts, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this press release, words or phrases generally written in the future tense and/or preceded by words such as "will," "may," "could," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "seek," "estimate," "preliminary" or other similar words are forward-looking statements.

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 actual results and outcomes to differ materially from any future results or outcomes expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. While forward-looking statements are our best prediction at the time that they are made, you should not rely on them, and you are hereby cautioned against doing so. Forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and assumptions regarding our business, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. They are neither statements of historical fact nor guarantees or assurances of future performance.

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, 2014 and Franklin's subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q:

  • Volatility and disruption of the capital and credit markets, and adverse changes in the global economy, may significantly affect our results of operations and may put pressure on our financial results.
  • The amount and mix of our AUM are subject to significant fluctuations.
  • We are subject to extensive, complex, overlapping and frequently changing rules, regulations and legal interpretations.
  • U.S. and international 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 financial condition and results of operations.
  • Failure to comply with the laws, rules or regulations in any of the non-U.S. jurisdictions in which we operate could result in substantial harm to our reputation and results of operations.
  • Changes in tax laws or exposure to additional income tax liabilities could have a material impact on our financial condition, results of operations and liquidity.
  • Any significant limitation, failure or security breach of our information and cyber security infrastructure, software applications, technology or other systems that are critical to our operations could harm our operations and reputation.
  • Our business operations are complex and a failure to properly perform operational tasks or the misrepresentation of our products and services, or the termination of investment management agreements representing a significant portion of our AUM, 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 income.
  • Changes in the third-party distribution and sales channels on which we depend could reduce our income 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 market-specific political, economic or other risks that may adversely impact our revenues and income generated overseas.
  • Harm to our reputation or poor investment performance of our products could reduce the level of our AUM or affect our sales, potentially negatively impacting our revenues and income.
  • Our future results are dependent upon maintaining an appropriate level of expenses, which is subject to fluctuation.
  • Our ability to successfully manage and grow our business 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.
  • Regulatory and governmental examinations and/or investigations, litigation and the legal risks associated with our business, could adversely impact our AUM, increase costs and negatively impact our profitability and/or our future financial results.
  • Our ability to meet cash needs depends upon certain factors, including the market value of our assets, operating cash flows and our perceived creditworthiness.
  • We are dependent on the earnings of our subsidiaries.

Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release speaks only as of the date on which it is made. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

Contact Information

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    Franklin Resources, Inc.
    Investor Relations:
    Brian Sevilla
    (650) 312-4091

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    Matt Walsh
    (650) 312-2245
    franklinresources.com