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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 8/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 5.08
BEN's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
53% of the 1162 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 10000.00 vs. BEN: 5.08 )
BEN' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.38   Max: 71.15
Current: 5.08

0.38
71.15
Equity to Asset 0.68
BEN's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
52% of the 1282 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 0.83 vs. BEN: 0.68 )
BEN' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.52   Max: 0.81
Current: 0.68

0.52
0.81
Interest Coverage 62.29
BEN's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
53% of the 1077 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 373.12 vs. BEN: 62.29 )
BEN' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 23.35   Max: 318.91
Current: 62.29

23.35
318.91
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 6.64
M-Score: -2.54
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 9/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 37.51
BEN's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
60% of the 1318 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 46.08 vs. BEN: 37.51 )
BEN' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 21.74   Max: 37.25
Current: 37.51

21.74
37.25
Net-margin (%) 27.07
BEN's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
58% of the 1322 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 41.40 vs. BEN: 27.07 )
BEN' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 17.15   Max: 28.57
Current: 27.07

17.15
28.57
ROE (%) 21.45
BEN's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 1350 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 7.65 vs. BEN: 21.45 )
BEN' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 10.5   Max: 26.67
Current: 21.45

10.5
26.67
ROA (%) 14.18
BEN's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 1362 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 4.45 vs. BEN: 14.18 )
BEN' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 6.82   Max: 18.25
Current: 14.18

6.82
18.25
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 560.87
BEN's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 937 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 107.74 vs. BEN: 560.87 )
BEN' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 114.5   Max: 516.18
Current: 560.87

114.5
516.18
Revenue Growth (%) 13.60
BEN's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
80% of the 889 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 2.40 vs. BEN: 13.60 )
BEN' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -9.4   Max: 27
Current: 13.6

-9.4
27
EBITDA Growth (%) 13.10
BEN's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 795 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 2.70 vs. BEN: 13.10 )
BEN' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 31.5
Current: 13.1

0
31.5
EPS Growth (%) 16.90
BEN's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 797 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 3.80 vs. BEN: 16.90 )
BEN' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -12.3   Max: 37
Current: 16.9

-12.3
37
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Guru Trades

Q3 2013

BEN Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Murray Stahl 6,535 sh (New)
Louis Moore Bacon 100,000 sh (New)
George Soros 573,100 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 337,900 sh (+37.36%)
John Rogers 1,452,595 sh (+17.58%)
Bill Nygren 4,740,000 sh (+7.48%)
Robert Olstein 177,000 sh (+3.51%)
Pioneer Investments 1,150,620 sh (+1.86%)
Richard Pzena 3,372,322 sh (+0.56%)
David Winters 2,326,950 sh (unchged)
Wintergreen Fund 1,835,346 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 6,345 sh (unchged)
Jeff Auxier 160,275 sh (unchged)
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham 266,490 sh (-1.6%)
Ken Fisher 22,065 sh (-4.48%)
Jim Simons 787,000 sh (-51.53%)
Paul Tudor Jones 6,600 sh (-78.22%)
Steven Cohen 15,394 sh (-88.3%)
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Q4 2013

BEN Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Chris Davis 3,665 sh (New)
Diamond Hill Capital 2,166,665 sh (New)
Murray Stahl 9,379 sh (+43.52%)
Paul Tudor Jones 8,601 sh (+30.32%)
Chuck Royce 352,400 sh (+4.29%)
John Rogers 1,481,360 sh (+1.98%)
Ken Fisher 22,067 sh (+0.01%)
Mario Gabelli 6,345 sh (unchged)
Wintergreen Fund 1,835,346 sh (unchged)
David Winters 2,326,950 sh (unchged)
Bill Nygren 4,740,000 sh (unchged)
Robert Olstein 177,000 sh (unchged)
Jeff Auxier 160,275 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
George Soros Sold Out
Richard Pzena 3,229,729 sh (-4.23%)
Pioneer Investments 1,044,645 sh (-9.21%)
Jeremy Grantham 228,687 sh (-14.19%)
Jim Simons 189,700 sh (-75.9%)
Steven Cohen 3,060 sh (-80.12%)
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Q1 2014

BEN Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Ray Dalio 8,483 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 14,101 sh (+63.95%)
Murray Stahl 14,981 sh (+59.73%)
Diamond Hill Capital 3,176,235 sh (+46.6%)
John Rogers 1,689,506 sh (+14.05%)
Chris Davis 4,000 sh (+9.14%)
Chuck Royce 380,100 sh (+7.86%)
Bill Nygren 5,040,000 sh (+6.33%)
Jeff Auxier 160,675 sh (+0.25%)
Wintergreen Fund 1,835,346 sh (unchged)
Robert Olstein 177,000 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Ken Fisher 22,065 sh (-0.01%)
David Winters 2,314,263 sh (-0.55%)
Pioneer Investments 1,038,009 sh (-0.64%)
Richard Pzena 3,138,724 sh (-2.82%)
Mario Gabelli 5,100 sh (-19.62%)
Jeremy Grantham 142,277 sh (-37.79%)
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Q2 2014

BEN Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Robert Olstein 192,000 sh (+8.47%)
Bill Nygren 5,430,000 sh (+7.74%)
Diamond Hill Capital 3,359,765 sh (+5.78%)
Chuck Royce 393,700 sh (+3.58%)
John Rogers 1,743,346 sh (+3.19%)
Jeff Auxier 162,581 sh (+1.19%)
Ken Fisher 22,167 sh (+0.46%)
Richard Pzena 3,150,471 sh (+0.37%)
Wintergreen Fund 1,835,346 sh (unchged)
Chris Davis 4,000 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 5,100 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Ray Dalio Sold Out
David Winters 2,301,202 sh (-0.56%)
Pioneer Investments 1,019,610 sh (-1.77%)
Murray Stahl 13,554 sh (-9.53%)
Jeremy Grantham 84,680 sh (-40.48%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with BEN

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Ray Dalio 2014-06-30 Sold Out $51.45 - $58.16 $ 54.80%0
Ray Dalio 2014-03-31 New Buy$50.2 - $58.51 $ 54.82%8483
George Soros 2013-12-31 Sold Out 0.32%$49.52 - $57.23 $ 54.82%0
George Soros 2013-09-30 New Buy0.32%$45.2 - $52.67 $ 54.814%573100
Ray Dalio 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.16%$45.2 - $52.67 $ 54.814%0
Ray Dalio 2013-06-30 Add 254.89%0.11%$44.66 - $56.107 $ 54.88%134638
Mason Hawkins 2013-03-31 Sold Out 2.2%$41.9 - $50.27 $ 54.817%0
Ray Dalio 2013-03-31 Add 55.24%0.02%$41.9 - $50.27 $ 54.817%37938
Mario Gabelli 2013-03-31 Reduce -42.86%$41.9 - $50.27 $ 54.817%2000
Ray Dalio 2012-12-31 New Buy0.03%$41.55 - $44.45 $ 54.827%24438
Mario Gabelli 2012-12-31 Reduce -22.22%$41.55 - $44.45 $ 54.827%3500
Mason Hawkins 2012-09-30 Add 12.27%0.26%$35.62 - $42.67 $ 54.841%4248642
Mason Hawkins 2012-06-30 Add 227.23%1.25%$34 - $42.23 $ 54.844%3784442
Ray Dalio 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.01%$34 - $42.23 $ 54.844%0
Ray Dalio 2012-03-31 Reduce -47.07%0.01%$32.09 - $41.84 $ 54.856%6657
Mason Hawkins 2011-12-31 New Buy0.48%$30.13 - $36.97 $ 54.866%1097393
Ray Dalio 2011-12-31 Add 337.92%0.02%$30.13 - $36.97 $ 54.866%12577
Mario Gabelli 2011-12-31 New Buy$30.13 - $36.97 $ 54.866%5100
Mario Gabelli 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.0034%$32.26 - $45.75 $ 54.838%0
Ray Dalio 2011-09-30 New Buy$32.26 - $45.75 $ 54.838%2872
Mario Gabelli 2011-06-30 Reduce -48.57%$40.46 - $43.19 $ 54.831%3600
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Guru Investment Theses on Franklin Resources Inc

Bill Nygren Comments on Franklin Resources - Apr 14, 2014

We established a position in Franklin Resources (BEN), one of the world’s largest global mutual fund companies, with leading products in both equities and fixed income. For starters, we believe asset management is an attractive business and Franklin has a history of strong fund performance across various asset classes and geographies. The company is selling for less than 14x our estimate of this year’s EPS and just over 11x adjusting for net cash and securities. In our view, this is a cheap price for a well-run company in such an attractive industry. Management has historically returned capital to shareholders through stock buybacks and dividends, and with insiders owning 35% of outstanding shares, we expect Franklin to continue to be good stewards of shareholders’ capital.

From Bill Nygren (Trades, Portfolio)'s Oakmark Select Fund first quarter 2014 investor letter.

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Diamond Hill Capital Comments on Franklin Resources - Mar 07, 2014

Asset management company Franklin Resources, Inc. (BEN) is a new position that was added late in the quarter and as a result, did not contribute to performance.

From Diamond Hill Capital (Trades, Portfolio)'s Select Fund Commentary for fourth quarter 2013.

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Diamond Hill Capital Comments on Franklin Resources - Mar 05, 2014

Additionally, Franklin Resources, Inc. (BEN) is a large global asset manager with a long history of shareholder-friendly capital allocation, diversified assets under management, great brands, a strong and growing international footprint, and a solid balance sheet.



From Diamond Hill Capital (Trades, Portfolio)'s Fourth Quarter 2013 Commentary.

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Top Ranked Articles about Franklin Resources Inc

Bill Nygren Comments on Franklin Resources
We established a position in Franklin Resources (BEN), one of the world’s largest global mutual fund companies, with leading products in both equities and fixed income. For starters, we believe asset management is an attractive business and Franklin has a history of strong fund performance across various asset classes and geographies. The company is selling for less than 14x our estimate of this year’s EPS and just over 11x adjusting for net cash and securities. In our view, this is a cheap price for a well-run company in such an attractive industry. Management has historically returned capital to shareholders through stock buybacks and dividends, and with insiders owning 35% of outstanding shares, we expect Franklin to continue to be good stewards of shareholders’ capital. Read more...
Diamond Hill Capital Comments on Franklin Resources
Asset management company Franklin Resources, Inc. (BEN) is a new position that was added late in the quarter and as a result, did not contribute to performance. Read more...
Diamond Hill Capital Comments on Franklin Resources
Additionally, Franklin Resources, Inc. (BEN) is a large global asset manager with a long history of shareholder-friendly capital allocation, diversified assets under management, great brands, a strong and growing international footprint, and a solid balance sheet. Read more...
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Diamond Hill Capital (Trades, Portfolio) is an Ohio-based value firm managing alternative equity strategies, mutual funds and private investment funds. Its assets managed have grown substantially over the past year, reaching $11 billion as of Sept. 30, 2013, up from around $9.4 billion a year prior. Read more...
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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 15.30
BEN's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
70% of the 1506 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 19.30 vs. BEN: 15.30 )
BEN' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 7.83   Max: 29.2
Current: 15.3

7.83
29.2
P/B 3.03
BEN's P/B is ranked lower than
54% of the 1506 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 1.04 vs. BEN: 3.03 )
BEN' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.27   Max: 4.92
Current: 3.03

1.27
4.92
P/S 4.12
BEN's P/S is ranked higher than
78% of the 1506 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 7.21 vs. BEN: 4.12 )
BEN' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.92   Max: 6.3
Current: 4.12

1.92
6.3
PFCF 18.51
BEN's PFCF is ranked higher than
82% of the 1506 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 749.00 vs. BEN: 18.51 )
BEN' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 8.16   Max: 49.25
Current: 18.51

8.16
49.25
EV-to-EBIT 8.32
BEN's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
83% of the 1506 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 22.24 vs. BEN: 8.32 )
BEN' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 3.6   Max: 18.1
Current: 8.32

3.6
18.1
PEG 0.70
BEN's PEG is ranked higher than
95% of the 1506 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. BEN: 0.70 )
BEN' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.29   Max: 25.15
Current: 0.7

0.29
25.15
Shiller P/E 19.76
BEN's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
84% of the 1506 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. BEN: 19.76 )
BEN' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 8.05   Max: 39.43
Current: 19.76

8.05
39.43
Current Ratio 6.52
BEN's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
74% of the 888 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 3.10 vs. BEN: 6.52 )
BEN' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.61   Max: 7.96
Current: 6.52

1.61
7.96
Quick Ratio 6.52
BEN's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
74% of the 888 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 2.98 vs. BEN: 6.52 )
BEN' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.61   Max: 7.96
Current: 6.52

1.61
7.96

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 0.88
BEN's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
90% of the 1024 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 3.23 vs. BEN: 0.88 )
BEN' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 2.13
Current: 0.88

0.4
2.13
Dividend Payout 0.13
BEN's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
92% of the 1506 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 5.93 vs. BEN: 0.13 )
BEN' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.02   Max: 0.45
Current: 0.13

0.02
0.45
Dividend growth (3y) 10.00
BEN's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
76% of the 493 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 7.50 vs. BEN: 10.00 )
BEN' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 7.6   Max: 26.1
Current: 10

7.6
26.1
Yield on cost (5-Year) 1.39
BEN's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
81% of the 1039 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 3.58 vs. BEN: 1.39 )
BEN' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.62   Max: 3.29
Current: 1.39

0.62
3.29
Share Buyback Rate 2.40
BEN's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
86% of the 945 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: -0.70 vs. BEN: 2.40 )
BEN' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 3.9   Max: -26.1
Current: 2.4

Valuation & Return

vs
industry
vs
history
Price/Net Cash 5.97
BEN's Price/Net Cash is ranked higher than
90% of the 1506 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. BEN: 5.97 )
BEN' s 10-Year Price/Net Cash Range
Min: 5.66   Max: 190.71
Current: 5.97

5.66
190.71
Price/Net Current Asset Value 5.28
BEN's Price/Net Current Asset Value is ranked higher than
90% of the 1506 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. BEN: 5.28 )
BEN' s 10-Year Price/Net Current Asset Value Range
Min: 4.74   Max: 52.41
Current: 5.28

4.74
52.41
Price/Tangible Book 3.83
BEN's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
51% of the 1506 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 1.13 vs. BEN: 3.83 )
BEN' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.9   Max: 19.48
Current: 3.83

1.9
19.48
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.18
BEN's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
75% of the 1506 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 2.43 vs. BEN: 1.18 )
BEN' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.59   Max: 1.78
Current: 1.18

0.59
1.78
Price/Median PS Value 0.96
BEN's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
81% of the 1506 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 1.31 vs. BEN: 0.96 )
BEN' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.62   Max: 1.37
Current: 0.96

0.62
1.37
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 0.98
BEN's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
94% of the 1506 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. BEN: 0.98 )
BEN' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.51   Max: 4.09
Current: 0.98

0.51
4.09
Price/Graham Number 1.60
BEN's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
66% of the 1506 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 1.81 vs. BEN: 1.60 )
BEN' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.21   Max: 4.73
Current: 1.6

1.21
4.73
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 12.00
BEN's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
75% of the 1150 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 7.80 vs. BEN: 12.00 )
BEN' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 5.5   Max: 27.9
Current: 12

5.5
27.9
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 18.31
BEN's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
91% of the 1085 Companies
in the Global Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 1.11 vs. BEN: 18.31 )
BEN' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -1.8   Max: 39.4
Current: 18.31

-1.8
39.4

Business Description

Industry: Asset Management » Asset Management
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Traded in other countries:FRK.Germany
Franklin Resources, Inc. was incorporated in Delaware in November 1969. It is a holding company that, together with its various subsidiaries operates as a global investment management organization offering investment choices under the Franklin, Templeton, Mutual Series, Bissett, Fiduciary and Darby brand names. In its primary business and operating segment, investment management and related services, it provides services to investment funds and institutional, high net-worth and separately-managed accounts and internationally. The Company's investment management and related services include fund administration, shareholder services, transfer agency, underwriting, distribution, custodial, trustee and other fiduciary services. The Company's sponsored investment products include a broad range of equity, hybrid, fixed-income and cash management funds and accounts. In its secondary business and operating segment, banking/finance, it provides clients with select retail banking, private banking and consumer lending services through its bank subsidiaries. It generally operates its institutional business under the trade name 'Franklin Templeton Institutional'. The Company faces strong competition from numerous asset management companies, mutual fund, stock brokerage and investment banking firms, insurance companies, banks, savings and loan associations and other financial institutions. Virtually all aspects of its business are subject to various federal, state, and international regulation and supervision.
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