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Franklin Resources Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

November 15, 2012 | About:

Franklin Resources Inc. (NYSE:BEN) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2012-09-30.

Franklin Resources Inc. has a market cap of $27.35 billion; its shares were traded at around $127.45 with a P/E ratio of 14.4 and P/S ratio of 3.9. The dividend yield of Franklin Resources Inc. stocks is 0.8%. Franklin Resources Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 16.9% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Franklin Resources Inc. the business predictability rank of 4-star.

Highlight of Business Operations:

Under the majority of our investment management agreements, the funds pay us a monthly fee in arrears based upon the fund s average daily net assets. Annual fee rates under our various global agreements are often reduced as net assets exceed various threshold levels. Annual rates also vary by investment objective and type of services provided. Our agreements generally permit us to provide services to more than one fund and to other clients so long as our ability to render services to each of the funds is not impaired, and so long as purchases and sales of portfolio securities for various advised funds are made on an equitable basis.

our distribution subsidiaries pay an up-front commission to financial intermediaries on these sales. Class C shares do have a back-end sales charge for redemptions within 12 months from the date of purchase. Although Class C shares are generally more costly to us in the year of sale, they allow us to be competitive by increasing our presence in various distribution channels. Class R shares are available for purchase by certain retirement, college savings and health savings plan accounts in the U.S. only. Outside of the U.S., we offer additional share classes and unit series in response to local needs.

During fiscal year 2012, global financial markets produced strong positive returns, evidenced by a 22% increase in the MSCI World Index, a 30% increase in the S&P 500 Index, and a 5% increase in the Barclays Global Aggregate Index. The markets recovered from the significant volatility and negative sentiment experienced during the fourth quarter of the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011 (“fiscal year 2011”), but remained volatile throughout the year amid continued investor concerns related to the European sovereign debt crisis and the global economy. In this environment our simple monthly average AUM (“average AUM”) and earnings per share increased slightly from fiscal year 2011.

Our effective income tax rate for fiscal year 2012 was 28.5% as compared to 30.6% in fiscal year 2011 and 29.9% in fiscal year 2010. The decrease in fiscal year 2012 was primarily due to changes in state tax legislation and lower net losses attributable to noncontrolling interests, partially offset by earnings in higher tax jurisdictions. The increase in fiscal year 2011 was primarily due to net losses attributable to noncontrolling interests, partially offset by the recognition of higher tax reserves in the prior year resulting from new legislation.

We utilize a significant portion of our liquid assets to fund operational and regulatory requirements and capital contributions relating to our SIPs. Certain of our subsidiaries are required by our internal policy or regulation to maintain minimum levels of capital which are partially maintained by retaining cash and cash equivalents. As a result, such subsidiaries may be restricted in their ability to transfer cash to their parent companies. Also, as a multi-national corporation, we operate in various locations outside of the U.S. Certain of our non-U.S. subsidiaries are subject to regulatory or contractual repatriation restrictions or requirements. Such restrictions and requirements limit our ability to transfer cash between various international jurisdictions, including repatriation to the U.S. Should we require more capital in the U.S. than is generated domestically, we could elect to reduce the level of discretionary activities, such as share repurchases, or we could elect to repatriate future earnings from non-U.S. jurisdictions or raise capital through debt or equity issuance. Certain of these alternatives could result in higher effective tax rates, increased interest expense or other dilution to our earnings. At September 30, 2012 our U.S. and non-U.S. subsidiaries held approximately $2,094.3 million and $1,988.8 million of our liquid assets to satisfy operational and regulatory requirements and capital contributions to our SIPs, as compared to approximately $2,140.4 million and $1,933.5 million held at September 30, 2011.

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