SOURCE: Franklin Resources, Inc.

Franklin Resources, Inc.

July 30, 2012 08:30 ET

Franklin Resources, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Results

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 30, 2012) - Franklin Resources, Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE: BEN) today announced net income1 of $455.3 million or $2.12 per diluted share for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, as compared to $503.2 million or $2.32 per diluted share for the previous quarter and $503.3 million or $2.26 per diluted share for the quarter ended June 30, 2011.

                         
    Quarter Ended     % Change Qtr. vs.     Quarter Ended     % Change Year vs.  
    30-Jun-12     31-Mar-12     Qtr.     30-Jun-11      Year  
Financial Results                                    
($ in millions, except per share amounts)                                    
Operating revenues   $ 1,783.6     $ 1,799.3     (1 )%   $ 1,853.0     (4 )%
Operating income     643.0       617.1     4 %     682.7     (6 )%
Operating margin     36.0 %     34.3 %           36.8 %      
                                     
Net income1   $ 455.3     $ 503.2     (10 )%   $ 503.3     (10 )%
Diluted earnings per share   $ 2.12     $ 2.32     (9 )%   $ 2.26     (6 )%
                                     
Assets Under Management                                    
(in billions)                                    
Ending   $ 707.1     $ 725.7     (3 )%   $ 734.2     (4 )%
Average2     710.7       706.9     1 %     726.7     (2 )%
Net new flows     4.8       5.6     (14 )%     21.7     (78 )%
                                     

Non-operating income for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 included $(18.0) million of investment and other income (losses), net, as compared to $82.4 million for the prior quarter and $14.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2011. 

Total assets under management ("AUM") were $707.1 billion at June 30, 2012, down $18.6 billion or 3% during the quarter. The decrease was primarily due to $22.5 billion in market depreciation, partially offset by net new flows of $4.8 billion. AUM decreased $27.1 billion or 4% year over year, primarily due to $32.0 billion in market depreciation.

Cash and cash equivalents and investments were $9.5 billion at June 30, 2012, as compared to $9.4 billion at September 30, 2011. Total stockholders' equity was $9.3 billion at June 30, 2012, as compared to $9.1 billion at September 30, 2011. The Company had 212.6 million shares of common stock outstanding at June 30, 2012, as compared to 217.7 million shares outstanding at September 30, 2011. During the quarter ended June 30, 2012, the Company repurchased approximately 2.7 million shares of its common stock for a total cost of $282.0 million.

Conference Call Information

Pre-recorded audio commentary on the results from Franklin Resources, Inc.'s President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Johnson and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Ken Lewis will be available today at approximately 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. They will also lead a live teleconference today at 4:30 p.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 franklinresources.com. The pre-recorded audio commentary can also be accessed by dialing (888) 843-7419 in the U.S. and Canada or (630) 652-3042 internationally using access code 32845775, any time through August 29, 2012.

Access to the live teleconference will be available at franklinresources.com or by dialing (888) 895-5271 in the U.S. and Canada or (847) 619-6547 internationally. A replay of the call can also be accessed by calling (888) 843-7419 in the U.S. and Canada or (630) 652-3042 internationally using access code 32845773, after 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time today through August 29, 2012.

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

Lipper Performance Rankings of Franklin Templeton's U.S.-Registered Long-Term Mutual Funds3,4:

     
    Period Ended June 30, 2012
    Percent of Assets in Top Two Quartiles5
    1-Year   3-Year   5-Year   10-Year
Franklin Templeton6   57 %   69 %   77 %   86 %
Franklin Templeton Equity7   58 %   69 %   67 %   80 %
Franklin Templeton Fixed-Income8   55 %   69 %   87 %   92 %
Franklin Equity9   75 %   81 %   82 %   82 %
Templeton Equity10   3 %   71 %   21 %   67 %
Mutual Series Equity11   69 %   12 %   68 %   92 %
Franklin Templeton Taxable Fixed-Income12   27 %   66 %   80 %   81 %
Franklin Templeton Tax-Free Fixed-Income13   77 %   71 %   92 %   100 %
                         

Performance quoted above represents past performance, which cannot predict or guarantee future results.

Investors should carefully consider a fund's investment goals, risks, charges and expenses before investing. To obtain a summary prospectus and/or prospectus, which contains this and other information, for any U.S.-registered Franklin Templeton fund, investors should talk to their financial advisors or call Franklin/Templeton Distributors, Inc. at 1-800/DIAL BEN® (1-800/342-5236). Please read a prospectus carefully before investing.

 
Franklin Resources, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
Unaudited
 
(in thousands, except per share data and AUM)   Three Months Ended
June 30,
    % Change     Nine Months Ended
June 30,
    % Change  
  2012     2011     2012     2011    
Operating Revenues14                                            
  Investment management fees   $ 1,114,404     $ 1,168,920     (5 )%   $ 3,315,861     $ 3,338,159     (1 )%
  Sales and distribution fees     569,138       594,187     (4 )%     1,679,387       1,707,517     (2 )%
  Shareholder servicing fees     77,221       77,520     0 %     229,365       225,325     2 %
  Other, net     22,821       12,406     84 %     60,196       31,908     89 %
    Total operating revenues     1,783,584       1,853,033     (4 )%     5,284,809       5,302,909     0 %
Operating Expenses                                            
  Sales, distribution and marketing     692,038       719,311     (4 )%     2,038,099       2,043,399     0 %
  Compensation and benefits     314,563       313,592     0 %     938,006       921,796     2 %
  Information systems and technology     44,079       41,266     7 %     128,805       123,110     5 %
  Occupancy     31,444       32,112     (2 )%     95,180       95,683     (1 )%
  General, administrative and other     58,538       64,055     (9 )%     192,260       147,508     30 %
    Total operating expenses     1,140,662       1,170,336     (3 )%     3,392,350       3,331,496     2 %
Operating Income     642,922       682,697     (6 )%     1,892,459       1,971,413     (4 )%
Other Income (Expenses)                                            
  Investment and other income (losses), net     (17,975 )     14,503     NM       135,612       118,282     15 %
  Interest expense     (10,089 )     (10,056 )   0 %     (28,287 )     (26,315 )   7 %
  Other income (expenses), net     (28,064 )     4,447     NM       107,325       91,967     17 %
  Income before taxes     614,858       687,144     (11 )%     1,999,784       2,063,380     (3 )%
  Taxes on income     184,906       208,944     (12 )%     588,322       599,498     (2 )%
  Net income     429,952       478,200     (10 )%     1,411,462       1,463,882     (4 )%
  Less: net income (loss) attributable to                                            
    Nonredeemable noncontrolling interests     (24,209 )     (24,575 )   (1 )%     (30,027 )     (44,029 )   (32 )%
    Redeemable noncontrolling interests     (1,106 )     (572 )   93 %     2,218       307     622 %
Net Income Attributable to Franklin Resources, Inc.   $ 455,267     $ 503,347     (10 )%   $ 1,439,271     $ 1,507,604     (5 )%
                                             
Earnings per Share                                            
  Basic   $ 2.12     $ 2.27     (7 )%   $ 6.66     $ 6.76     (1 )%
  Diluted     2.12       2.26     (6 )%     6.65       6.73     (1 )%
Dividends per Share   $ 0.27     $ 0.25     8 %   $ 2.81     $ 0.75     275 %
                                             
Average Shares Outstanding (in thousands)                                            
  Basic     213,097       220,313     (3 )%     214,592       221,731     (3 )%
  Diluted     213,641       221,284     (3 )%     215,214       222,808     (3 )%
                                             
Operating Margin     36.0 %     36.8 %           35.8 %     37.2 %      
                                             
AUM (in billions)                                            
  Ending   $ 707.1     $ 734.2     (4 )%   $ 707.1     $ 734.2     (4 )%
  Average     710.7       726.7     (2 )%     697.5       690.4     1 %
  Net new flows     4.8       21.7     (78 )%     (5.2 )     33.3     NM  
 
 
 
Franklin Resources, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
Unaudited
 
(in thousands, except per share data, employees and billable shareholder accounts)   Three Months Ended     % Change     Three Months Ended  
  30-Jun-12     31-Mar-12         31-Dec-11     30-Sep-11     30-Jun-11  
Operating Revenues14                                              
  Investment management fees   $ 1,114,404     $ 1,126,320     (1 )%   $ 1,075,137     $ 1,193,232     $ 1,168,920  
  Sales and distribution fees     569,138       585,945     (3 )%     524,304       555,974       594,187  
  Shareholder servicing fees     77,221       76,739     1 %     75,405       75,469       77,520  
  Other, net     22,821       10,345     121 %     27,030       12,455       12,406  
    Total operating revenues     1,783,584       1,799,349     (1 )%     1,701,876       1,837,130       1,853,033  
Operating Expenses                                              
  Sales, distribution and marketing     692,038       715,443     (3 )%     630,618       669,415       719,311  
  Compensation and benefits     314,563       323,031     (3 )%     300,412       309,418       313,592  
  Information systems and technology     44,079       43,292     2 %     41,434       50,028       41,266  
  Occupancy     31,444       31,894     (1 )%     31,842       35,335       32,112  
  General, administrative and other     58,538       68,532     (15 )%     65,190       84,520       64,055  
    Total operating expenses     1,140,662       1,182,192     (4 )%     1,069,496       1,148,716       1,170,336  
Operating Income     642,922       617,157     4 %     632,380       688,414       682,697  
Other Income (Expenses)                                              
  Investment and other income (losses), net     (17,975 )     82,411     NM       71,176       (116,473 )     14,503  
  Interest expense     (10,089 )     (9,633 )   5 %     (8,565 )     (11,121 )     (10,056 )
  Other income (expenses), net     (28,064 )     72,778     NM       62,611       (127,594 )     4,447  
  Income before taxes     614,858       689,935     (11 )%     694,991       560,820       687,144  
  Taxes on income     184,906       202,151     (9 )%     201,265       203,926       208,944  
  Net income     429,952       487,784     (12 )%     493,726       356,894       478,200  
  Less: net income (loss) attributable to                                              
    Nonredeemable noncontrolling interests     (24,209 )     (15,965 )   52 %     10,147       (57,558 )     (24,575 )
    Redeemable noncontrolling interests     (1,106 )     530     NM       2,794       (1,524 )     (572 )
Net Income Attributable to Franklin Resources, Inc.   $ 455,267     $ 503,219     (10 )%   $ 480,785     $ 415,976     $ 503,347  
                                               
Earnings per Share                                              
  Basic   $ 2.12     $ 2.33     (9 )%   $ 2.21     $ 1.89     $ 2.27  
  Diluted     2.12       2.32     (9 )%     2.20       1.88       2.26  
Dividends per Share   $ 0.27     $ 0.27     0 %   $ 2.27     $ 0.25     $ 0.25  
                                               
Average Shares Outstanding (in thousands)                                              
  Basic     213,097       214,520     (1 )%     216,143       218,989       220,313  
  Diluted     213,641       215,111     (1 )%     216,727       219,840       221,284  
                                               
Operating Margin     36.0 %     34.3 %           37.2 %     37.5 %     36.8 %
                                               
Employees     8,563       8,451     1 %     8,484       8,453       8,458  
Billable Shareholder Accounts (in millions)     26.6       26.1     2 %     25.6       24.8       26.3  
   
   
   
AUM AND FLOWS  
   
(in billions)   Three Months Ended
June 30,
    %
Change
    Nine Months Ended
June 30,
    %
Change
 
2012     2011     2012     2011    
Beginning AUM   $ 725.7     $ 703.5     3 %   $ 659.9     $ 644.9     2 %
  Long-term sales     41.6       57.4     (28 )%     128.3       167.9     (24 )%
  Long-term redemptions     (36.8 )     (35.9 )   3 %     (132.5 )     (135.1 )   (2 )%
  Net cash management     --       0.2     (100 )%     (1.0 )     0.5     NM  
    Net new flows     4.8       21.7     (78 )%     (5.2 )     33.3     NM  
  Reinvested distributions     4.2       3.8     11 %     14.7       12.3     20 %
    Net flows     9.0       25.5     (65 )%     9.5       45.6     (79 )%
  Distributions     (5.1 )     (4.4 )   16 %     (17.9 )     (15.0 )   19 %
  Acquisitions     --       --     --       --       1.6     (100 )%
  Appreciation (depreciation) and other     (22.5 )     9.6     NM       55.6       57.1     (3 )%
Ending AUM   $ 707.1     $ 734.2     (4 )%   $ 707.1     $ 734.2     (4 )%
                                             
                                             
AUM BY INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE
 
(in billions)   30-Jun-12   31-Mar-12   % Change     31-Dec-11   30-Sep-11   30-Jun-11
Equity                                    
  Global/international   $ 198.9   $ 216.2   (8 )%   $ 194.5   $ 185.8   $ 226.2
  United States     79.7     83.7   (5 )%     75.7     68.4     83.6
    Total equity     278.6     299.9   (7 )%     270.2     254.2     309.8
Hybrid     103.2     103.5   0 %     96.4     101.3     115.1
Fixed-Income                                    
  Tax-free     80.1     77.3   4 %     74.1     72.0     69.6
  Taxable                                    
    Global/international     185.9     187.8   (1 )%     174.7     178.8     185.4
    United States     53.5     51.5   4 %     48.9     46.9     48.1
    Total fixed-income     319.5     316.6   1 %     297.7     297.7     303.1
Cash Management     5.8     5.7   2 %     6.0     6.7     6.2
    Total AUM   $ 707.1   $ 725.7   (3 )%   $ 670.3   $ 659.9   $ 734.2
Average AUM for the Three-Month Period   $ 710.7   $ 706.9   1 %   $ 675.0   $ 714.4   $ 726.7
                                     
                                     
AUM AND FLOWS - UNITED STATES AND INTERNATIONAL15  
   
    As of and for the Three Months Ended  
(in billions)   30-Jun-12     % of Total     31-Mar-12     % of Total     30-Jun-11     % of Total  
Long-Term Sales                                          
  United States   $ 23.4     56 %   $ 25.2     52 %   $ 25.8     45 %
  International     18.2     44 %     23.3     48 %     31.6     55 %
    Total long-term sales   $ 41.6     100 %   $ 48.5     100 %   $ 57.4     100 %
Long-Term Redemptions                                          
  United States   $ (20.4 )   55 %   $ (20.7 )   48 %   $ (18.6 )   52 %
  International     (16.4 )   45 %     (22.0 )   52 %     (17.3 )   48 %
    Total long-term redemptions   $ (36.8 )   100 %   $ (42.7 )   100 %   $ (35.9 )   100 %
AUM                                          
  United States   $ 465.7     66 %   $ 472.3     65 %   $ 480.5     65 %
  International     241.4     34 %     253.4     35 %     253.7     35 %
    Total AUM   $ 707.1     100 %   $ 725.7     100 %   $ 734.2     100 %
                                           
                                           
AUM AND FLOWS BY INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE
                             
(in billions)   Equity           Fixed-Income            
for the three months ended
June 30, 2012
  Global/
International
    United
States
    Hybrid     Tax-Free     Taxable
Global/
International
    Taxable
United
States
    Cash
Management
  Total  
AUM at April 1, 2012   $ 216.2     $ 83.7     $ 103.5     $ 77.3     $ 187.8     $ 51.5     $ 5.7   $ 725.7  
  Long-term sales     9.4       4.1       4.5       3.5       15.9       4.2       --     41.6  
  Long-term redemptions     (9.7 )     (4.5 )     (4.3 )     (2.2 )     (13.3 )     (2.8 )     --     (36.8 )
  Net exchanges     (0.3 )     (0.1 )     0.1       0.1       (0.2 )     0.3       0.1     --  
    Net new flows     (0.6 )     (0.5 )     0.3       1.4       2.4       1.7       0.1     4.8  
  Reinvested distributions     0.2       0.1       1.7       0.5       1.2       0.5       --     4.2  
    Net flows     (0.4 )     (0.4 )     2.0       1.9       3.6       2.2       0.1     9.0  
  Distributions     (0.2 )     (0.1 )     (1.9 )     (0.6 )     (1.7 )     (0.6 )     --     (5.1 )
  Appreciation (depreciation) and other     (16.7 )     (3.5 )     (0.4 )     1.5       (3.8 )     0.4       --     (22.5 )
AUM at June 30, 2012   $ 198.9     $ 79.7     $ 103.2     $ 80.1     $ 185.9     $ 53.5     $ 5.8   $ 707.1  
                               
(in billions)   Equity           Fixed-Income              
for the three months ended
March 31, 2012
  Global/
International
    United
States
    Hybrid     Tax-Free     Taxable
Global/
International
    Taxable
United
States
    Cash
Management
    Total  
AUM at January 1, 2012   $ 194.5     $ 75.7     $ 96.4     $ 74.1     $ 174.7     $ 48.9     $ 6.0     $ 670.3  
  Long-term sales     11.6       4.9       5.5       3.8       18.2       4.5       --       48.5  
  Long-term redemptions     (11.2 )     (4.9 )     (3.5 )     (2.3 )     (17.6 )     (3.2 )     --       (42.7 )
  Net exchanges     (0.2 )     0.2       0.2       --       (0.1 )     0.1       (0.2 )     --  
  Net cash management     --       --       --       --       --       --       (0.2 )     (0.2 )
    Net new flows     0.2       0.2       2.2       1.5       0.5       1.4       (0.4 )     5.6  
  Reinvested distributions     0.1       --       1.0       0.6       1.1       0.4       --       3.2  
    Net flows     0.3       0.2       3.2       2.1       1.6       1.8       (0.4 )     8.8  
  Distributions     --       --       (1.1 )     (0.8 )     (1.9 )     (0.5 )     --       (4.3 )
  Appreciation and other     21.4       7.8       5.0       1.9       13.4       1.3       0.1       50.9  
AUM at March 31, 2012   $ 216.2     $ 83.7     $ 103.5     $ 77.3     $ 187.8     $ 51.5     $ 5.7     $ 725.7  
                               
(in billions)   Equity           Fixed-Income              
for the three months ended
June 30, 2011
  Global/
International
    United
States
    Hybrid     Tax-Free     Taxable
Global/
International
    Taxable
United
States
    Cash
Management
    Total  
AUM at April 1, 2011   $ 225.4     $ 83.5     $ 113.4     $ 67.5     $ 160.6     $ 47.1     $ 6.0     $ 703.5  
  Long-term sales     12.1       4.6       5.6       2.0       29.7       3.4       --       57.4  
  Long-term redemptions     (11.9 )     (4.8 )     (4.1 )     (2.8 )     (9.5 )     (2.8 )     --       (35.9 )
  Net exchanges     (0.2 )     (0.1 )     0.1       (0.1 )     0.3       (0.1 )     0.1       --  
  Net cash management     --       --       --       --       --       --       0.2       0.2  
    Net new flows     --       (0.3 )     1.6       (0.9 )     20.5       0.5       0.3       21.7  
  Reinvested distributions     0.2       0.1       1.4       0.6       1.1       0.4       --       3.8  
    Net flows     0.2       (0.2 )     3.0       (0.3 )     21.6       0.9       0.3       25.5  
  Distributions     (0.2 )     (0.1 )     (1.6 )     (0.8 )     (1.2 )     (0.5 )     --       (4.4 )
  Appreciation (depreciation) and other     0.8       0.4       0.3       3.2       4.4       0.6       (0.1 )     9.6  
AUM at June 30, 2011   $ 226.2     $ 83.6     $ 115.1     $ 69.6     $ 185.4     $ 48.1     $ 6.2     $ 734.2  

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 and over $707 billion in AUM as of June 30, 2012. For more information about our company, please visit franklinresources.com.

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. Franklin/Templeton Distributors, Inc., One Franklin Parkway, San Mateo, CA, is the funds' principal distributor and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Franklin Resources, Inc.

4. Lipper rankings for Franklin Templeton U.S.-registered mutual funds are based on Class A shares. Franklin Templeton funds are compared against a universe of all share classes. Performance rankings for other share classes may differ. Lipper calculates averages by taking all the funds and share classes in a peer group and averaging their total returns for the periods indicated. Lipper tracks 155 peer groups of U.S. retail mutual funds, and the groups vary in size from 8 to 1,094 funds. Lipper total return calculations include reinvested dividends and capital gains, but do not include sales charges or expense subsidization by the manager. Results may have been different if these or other factors had been considered.

5. The figures in the table are based on data available from Lipper© Inc. as of July 6, 2012 and are subject to revision.

6. Of the eligible Franklin Templeton long-term mutual funds tracked by Lipper, 31, 27, 39 and 44 funds ranked in the top quartile and 27, 32, 26 and 16 funds ranked in the second quartile, for the one-, three-, five- and 10-year periods, respectively, for their respective Lipper peer groups.

7. Of the eligible Franklin Templeton equity mutual funds tracked by Lipper, 14, 13, 17 and 13 funds ranked in the top quartile and 10, 12, 11 and 8 funds ranked in the second quartile, for the one-, three-, five- and 10-year periods, respectively, for their respective Lipper peer groups.

8. Of the eligible Franklin Templeton non-money market fixed-income mutual funds tracked by Lipper, 17, 14, 22 and 31 funds ranked in the top quartile and 17, 20, 15 and 8 funds ranked in the second quartile, for the one-, three-, five- and 10-year periods, respectively, for their respective Lipper peer groups.

9. Of the eligible Franklin equity mutual funds tracked by Lipper, 6, 9, 13 and 9 funds ranked in the top quartile and 9, 6, 7 and 5 funds ranked in the second quartile, for the one-, three-, five- and 10-year periods, respectively, for their respective Lipper peer groups.

10. Of the eligible Templeton equity mutual funds tracked by Lipper, 2, 2, 2 and 1 funds ranked in the top quartile and 1, 4, 2 and 2 funds ranked in the second quartile, for the one-, three-, five- and 10-year periods, respectively, for their respective Lipper peer groups.

11. Of the eligible Mutual Series equity mutual funds tracked by Lipper, 6, 2, 2 and 3 funds ranked in the top quartile and 0, 2, 2 and 1 funds ranked in the second quartile, for the one-, three-, five- and 10-year periods, respectively, for their respective Lipper peer groups.

12. Of the eligible Franklin Templeton non-money market taxable fixed-income mutual funds tracked by Lipper, 2, 4, 5 and 5 funds ranked in the top quartile and 4, 5, 3 and 3 funds ranked in the second quartile, for the one-, three-, five- and 10-year periods, respectively, for their respective Lipper peer groups.

13. Of the eligible Franklin Templeton non-money market tax-free fixed-income mutual funds tracked by Lipper, 15, 10, 17 and 26 funds ranked in the top quartile and 13, 15, 12 and 5 funds ranked in the second quartile, for the one-, three-, five- and 10-year periods, respectively, for their respective Lipper peer groups.

14. In the quarter ended September 30, 2011, the Company discontinued the classification of a portion of the investment management fees earned by certain of its non-U.S. subsidiaries as sales and distribution fees. This presentation change does not represent a restatement of any previously published financial results. See the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011 for additional information.

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

Forward-Looking Statements

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" 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. 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. We caution you therefore against relying on any of these forward-looking statements. 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, 2011 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 and 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 AUM, increase costs and negatively impact our profitability and future financial results.
  • 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 software applications, technology or other 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 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 other risks in connection with our revenues and income generated overseas.
  • Poor investment performance of our products could affect our sales or reduce the level of AUM, potentially negatively impacting our revenues and income.
  • We could suffer losses in our revenues and income 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 and income could be adversely affected if the terms of our management agreements are significantly altered or these agreements are terminated by the funds and other sponsored investment products we advise.
  • 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.
  • Our business could be negatively affected if we or our banking subsidiaries fail to remain well capitalized, and liquidity needs could affect our banking business.
  • 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

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

    Corporate Communications:
    Matt Walsh
    (650) 312-2245
    franklinresources.com