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Franklin Resources, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Results

From: Franklin Resources, Inc.
Contact: Lisa Gallegos
Telephone:(650) 312-3395

San Mateo, CA, April 24, 2008 - Franklin Resources, Inc. (Franklin Templeton Investments) (NYSE: BEN) today announced net income of $366.1 million, or $1.54 per share diluted, on revenues of $1,503.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2008. For the quarter ended December 31, 2007, net income was $518.3 million, or $2.12 per share diluted, on revenues of $1,685.6 million. For the quarter ended March 31, 2007, net income was $440.9 million, or $1.73 per share diluted, on revenues of $1,509.0 million.

Operating income for the quarter ended March 31, 2008 was $519.1 million, as compared to $635.7 million for the prior quarter and $499.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2007. The company’s non-operating income for the quarter ended March 31, 2008 included $32.4 million of investment and other income, net, as compared to $80.8 million in the prior quarter and $100.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2007.

Total assets under management by the company’s subsidiaries were $591.1 billion at March 31, 2008, as compared to $643.7 billion at December 31, 2007 and $576.0 billion at March 31, 2007. Simple monthly average assets under management during the quarter ended March 31, 2008 were $610.2 billion, as compared to $651.5 billion in the prior quarter and $563.7 billion in the same quarter a year ago. Equity assets comprised 55% of total assets under management at March 31, 2008, as compared to 59% of total assets under management at December 31, 2007 and 60% of total assets under management at March 31, 2007. Fixed-income assets comprised 25% of total assets under management at March 31, 2008, as compared to 22% of total assets under management at December 31, 2007 and 21% of total assets under management at March 31, 2007. Hybrid assets accounted for 19% of total assets under management at March 31, 2008, as compared to 18% of total assets under management at December 31, 2007 and March 31, 2007. Redemptions exceeded sales by $6.1 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2008, as compared to sales exceeding redemptions by $4.6 billion for the prior quarter and $10.9 billion for the same quarter a year ago.

Cash and cash equivalents were $3.7 billion at March 31, 2008, as compared to $3.6 billion at September 30, 2007. Stockholders’ equity was $7.0 billion at March 31, 2008, as compared to $7.3 billion at September 30, 2007. The company had 236.4 million shares of common stock outstanding at March 31, 2008, as compared to 245.5 million shares outstanding at September 30, 2007. During the quarter ended March 31, 2008, the company repurchased 3.6 million shares of its common stock for a total cost of $360.9 million.

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