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Franklin Resources, Inc.

Franklin Resources, Inc. (BEN)

Franklin Resources, Inc., incorporated on November 28, 1969, is a holding company. The Company, along with its subsidiaries, operates as Franklin Templeton Investments. The Company is a global investment management company that provides investment management and related services to retail, institutional and high net-worth clients in jurisdictions around the world. The Company offers its investment products and services under the Franklin, Templeton, Franklin Mutual Series, Franklin Bissett, Fiduciary Trust, Darby, Balanced Equity Management, K2 and LibertyShares brand names. The Company's products include investment funds and institutional, high net-worth and separately managed accounts (collectively, sponsored investment products (SIPs)). The Company offers various types of SIPs, such as the United States funds, cross-border funds, local/regional funds, and other managed accounts, alternative investment products and trusts.

The Company's investment funds include the United States-registered funds, non-United States-registered funds and unregistered funds. In addition to investment management, its product services include fund administration, sales, distribution, marketing, shareholder servicing and other fiduciary services. The Company's Franklin LibertyShares platform of strategic beta and actively managed exchange-traded funds (ETFs) generally seeks to provide investors with additional investment options versus traditional market capitalization weighted index products. The Company also offers registered closed-end funds that issue a set number of shares to investors in a public offering and the shares are then traded on a public stock exchange.

Investment Management Services

The Company provides its investment management services pursuant to agreements in effect with each of its SIPs and the products for which it provides sub-advisory services. The Company's investment management services include services to managed accounts for which it has investment discretion, and to advisory accounts for which it has no investment discretion. The Company's services include fundamental investment research and valuation analyses, including original economic, political, industry and company research, and analyses of suppliers, customers and competitors. The Company's subsidiaries that provide discretionary investment management services for its SIPs and sub-advised products either perform or obtain investment research and determine which securities the SIPs or sub-advised products will purchase, hold or sell under the supervision and oversight of the funds' boards of directors or trustees, as applicable.

The Company's subsidiaries that provide non-discretionary investment management services perform investment research for its clients and make recommendations as to which securities the clients purchase, hold or sell, and may or may not perform trading activities for the products. The Company's subsidiaries either provide or arrange for the provision of office space, telephone, office equipment and supplies; trading desk facilities; authorization of expenditures and approval of bills for payment; preparation of registration statements, proxy statements and annual and semi-annual reports to fund shareholders, notices of dividends, capital gains distributions and tax credits, and other regulatory reports; the daily pricing of fund investment portfolios, including collecting quotations from pricing services; accounting services, including preparing and supervising publication of daily net asset value quotations, periodic earnings reports and other financial data; services to ensure compliance with securities regulations, including recordkeeping requirements; preparation and filing of tax reports; the maintenance of accounting systems and controls, and other administrative services. Its services also include management of its strategic beta and actively managed ETFs.

Alternative Strategies Investment Management

The Company offers and supports alternative investment strategies, products and solutions through various subsidiaries as alternatives to its traditional equity and fixed income products, and related management services for its clients. The Company's alternative investment products include, among other capabilities, hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds and commodities funds. Its subsidiary, K2 Advisors Holdings LLC (K2), is a fund of hedge funds solutions provider, which offers and supports alternative investments and multi-asset solutions platforms for institutional and other qualified investors. K2 provides risk management, manager selection and asset allocation capabilities in various global jurisdictions. Its subsidiary, Templeton Asset Management Ltd., sponsors and manages various investment funds that also invest primarily in emerging markets in Asia, Latin America and Central/Eastern Europe. Franklin Templeton Institutional, LLC manages investment partnerships that invest in funds with exposure to global real estate opportunities. Franklin Advisers, Inc. manages various privately offered funds with strategies that include the use of fixed income and other financial instruments, as well as derivatives across the global interest rate, currency and credit markets.

Institutional Investment Management

The Company provides a range of investment management services to institutional clients, which include corporations, endowments, charitable foundations, and pension and defined contribution plans. The Company's subsidiaries offer a range of equity, fixed income and alternative strategies through various investment vehicles, including separate accounts, registered open-end and closed-end funds, and unregistered funds. In the United States, the Company generally operates its institutional business under the Franklin Templeton Institutional trade name.

High Net-Worth Investment Management, Trust and Custody

The Company, through its subsidiary, Fiduciary Trust Company International (Fiduciary Trust), provides investment management and related services to high net-worth individuals and families, foundations and institutional clients, among others. Through Fiduciary Trust Company of Canada, the Company provides services and offers SIPs to high net-worth individuals and families, and institutional clients in Canada. Fiduciary Trust offers investment management and advisory services across different investment styles and asset classes. Through its various trust company subsidiaries, including Fiduciary Trust, it also provides trust, custody and related services, including administration, performance measurement, estate planning and tax planning. The Company provides planned giving administration and related custody services for non-profit organizations, including pooled income funds, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts and gift annuities, for which it may or may not act as trustee.

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Annual Dividends

Year Amount Change
2006 0.0c
2007 0.0c 0%
2008 0.0c 0%
2009 0.0c 0%
2010 0.0c 0%
2011 0.0c 0%
2012 81.0c 100%
2013 97.0c 19.8%
2014 48.0c (50.5%)
2015 60.0c 25.0%
2016 72.0c 20.0%
2017 80.0c 11.1%
2018 92.0c 15.0%
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Ex-Div Date Pay Date Year Type Frequency Status Amount
28 Mar 2012 13 Apr 2012 2012 Interim Quarterly Paid 27c
27 Jun 2012 13 Jul 2012 2012 Interim Quarterly Paid 27c
26 Sep 2012 12 Oct 2012 2012 Final Quarterly Paid 27c
04 Dec 2012 20 Dec 2012 2012 Special Irregularly Paid 300c
12 Dec 2012 31 Dec 2012 2013 Interim Quarterly Paid 29c
26 Mar 2013 12 Apr 2013 2013 Interim Quarterly Paid 29c
20 Jun 2013 08 Jul 2013 2013 Interim Quarterly Paid 29c
26 Sep 2013 11 Oct 2013 2013 Final Quarterly Paid 10c
27 Dec 2013 10 Jan 2014 2014 Interim Quarterly Paid 12c
27 Mar 2014 11 Apr 2014 2014 Interim Quarterly Paid 12c
26 Jun 2014 11 Jul 2014 2014 Interim Quarterly Paid 12c
26 Sep 2014 10 Oct 2014 2014 Final Quarterly Paid 12c
29 Dec 2014 09 Jan 2015 2015 Interim Quarterly Paid 15c
29 Dec 2014 09 Jan 2015 2015 Special Irregularly Paid 50c
27 Mar 2015 15 Apr 2015 2015 Interim Quarterly Paid 15c
26 Jun 2015 15 Jul 2015 2015 Interim Quarterly Paid 15c
28 Sep 2015 15 Oct 2015 2015 Final Quarterly Paid 15c
24 Dec 2015 13 Jan 2016 2016 Interim Quarterly Paid 18c
29 Mar 2016 15 Apr 2016 2016 Interim Quarterly Paid 18c
28 Jun 2016 15 Jul 2016 2016 Interim Quarterly Paid 18c
28 Sep 2016 14 Oct 2016 2016 Final Quarterly Paid 18c
28 Dec 2016 13 Jan 2017 2017 Interim Quarterly Paid 20c
29 Mar 2017 13 Apr 2017 2017 Interim Quarterly Paid 20c
28 Jun 2017 14 Jul 2017 2017 Interim Quarterly Paid 20c
28 Sep 2017 13 Oct 2017 2017 Final Quarterly Paid 20c
22 Dec 2017 10 Jan 2018 2018 Interim Quarterly Paid 23c
28 Mar 2018 12 Apr 2018 2018 Interim Quarterly Paid 23c
28 Mar 2018 12 Apr 2018 2018 Special Irregularly Paid 300c
28 Jun 2018 13 Jul 2018 2018 Interim Quarterly Paid 23c
27 Sep 2018 12 Oct 2018 2018 Final Quarterly Paid 23c
28 Dec 2018 11 Jan 2019 2019 Interim Quarterly Paid 26c
28 Mar 2019 12 Apr 2019 2019 Interim Quarterly Paid 26c
27 Jun 2019 12 Jul 2019 2019 Interim Quarterly Paid 26c
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