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Franklin Resources, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Results San Mateo, CA,

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

April 27, 2016

- Franklin Resources, Inc. (the “Company”) [NYSE: BEN] today announced net income

$360.4 million

per diluted share for the quarter ended

March 31, 2016

, as compared to

$447.8 million

per diluted share for the previous quarter and

$606.5 million

March 31, 2015

“As equities rebounded toward the second half of the quarter, we were pleased to see improved performance for a number of our key investment strategies, particularly our hybrid and emerging markets funds,” said Greg Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Franklin Resources, Inc. “L ooking ahead, we will continue to strategically invest in the business to best serve our clients, including the expansion of our multi-asset solution capabilities and the further build-out of our local asset management business, while managing our expense structure and remaining focused on enhancing shareholder value.”

Quarter Ended

% Change

31-Mar-16

31-Dec-15

Qtr. vs. Qtr.

31-Mar-15

Year vs. Year

Financial Results

(in millions, except per share data)

Operating revenues

1,613.9

1,758.0

2,009.8

Operating income

Operating margin

Net income

Diluted earnings per share

Assets Under Management

(in billions)

Ending

Average

Net new flows

Total assets under management (“AUM”) were

$742.6 billion

$21.3 billion

during the quarter primarily due to

$24.6 billion

of net new outflows, partially offset by

$4.2 billion

of market appreciation and other, which primarily consists of a

$4.6 billion

increase from foreign exchange revaluation.

Cash and cash equivalents and investments were

$10.6 billion

at both

September 30, 2015

. Total stockholders’ equity was

$12.4 billion

$12.5 billion

. The Company had

586.1 million

shares of common stock outstanding at

603.5 million

shares outstanding at

During the quarter ended

, the Company repurchased

9.6 million

shares of its common stock for a total cost of

$337.3 million

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 May 27, 2016.

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 13634442, after 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on

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 Funds

Percentage of Assets in Top Two Peer Group Quartiles

1-Year

3-Year

5-Year

10-Year

Equity and Hybrid (AUM: $270 billion)

Fixed Income (AUM: $220 billion)

(AUM: $490 billion)

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

FRANKLIN RESOURCES, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

Unaudited

(in millions, except per share data and AUM)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

Operating Revenues

Investment management fees

1,095.2

1,347.6

2,281.9

2,730.0

Sales and distribution fees

1,175.0

Shareholder servicing fees

Total operating revenues

3,371.9

4,074.1

Operating Expenses

Sales, distribution and marketing

1,120.3

1,442.0

Compensation and benefits

Information systems and technology

Occupancy

General, administrative and other

Total operating expenses

1,076.6

1,252.1

2,181.0

2,534.4

Operating Income

1,190.9

1,539.7

Other Income (Expenses)

Investment and other income, net

Interest expense

Other income, net

Income before taxes

1,214.6

1,681.3

Taxes on income

1,189.2

Less: net income (loss) attributable to

Nonredeemable noncontrolling interests

Redeemable noncontrolling interests

Net Income Attributable to Franklin Resources, Inc.

1,172.9

Earnings per Share

Dividends Declared per Share

Average Shares Outstanding

Operating Margin

(in millions, except per share data and employees)

30-Sep-15

30-Jun-15

1,186.7

1,256.9

1,340.9

1,873.8

2,000.8

1,104.4

1,155.7

1,231.0

Investment and other income (losses), net

(109.5

Other income (expenses), net

(122.4

Net Income Attributable to Franklin Resources, Inc.

Employees

Billable Shareholder Accounts

AUM AND FLOWS

Beginning AUM

Long-term sales

Long-term redemptions

(100.5

(101.9

Net cash management

Reinvested distributions

Net flows

Distributions

Appreciation (depreciation) and other

Ending AUM

AUM BY INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE

Global/international

United States

Total equity

Tax-free

Taxable

Total fixed income

Cash Management

Total AUM

Average AUM for the Three-Month Period

AUM AND FLOWS - UNITED STATES AND INTERNATIONAL

As of and for the Three Months Ended

% of Total

Long-Term Sales

International

Total long-term sales

Long-Term Redemptions

Total long-term redemptions

AUM AND FLOWS BY INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE

for the three months ended March 31, 2016

Global/

Tax-Free

Taxable

AUM at January 1, 2016

Net exchanges

AUM at March 31, 2016

for the three months ended December 31, 2015

AUM at October 1, 2015

AUM at December 31, 2015

for the three months ended March 31, 2015

AUM at January 1, 2015

AUM at March 31, 2015

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

Average AUM represents simple monthly average AUM.

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., 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.

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

. 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 April 6, 2016 and Morningstar as of April 11, 2016 and are subject to revision. © 2016 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.

Appreciation (depreciation) and other includes foreign exchange revaluation.

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

in AUM as of

. 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

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. 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

and Franklin’s subsequent Quarterly Report 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.

Global 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 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, and negatively impact 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.

The above information was disclosed in a filing to the SEC. To see the filing, click here.

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