Franklin Mutual International Fund

This fund or share class has been closed to new investors.

This fund or share class has been closed to new investors.

Fund Description

The fund seeks capital appreciation, with income as a secondary goal, by investing predominantly in securities of companies located outside the United States. Its strategy is focused on undervalued securities of issuers of various sizes and, to a significantly lesser extent, distressed companies and merger arbitrage securities.

Strategy Statement

"Using our deep value approach, we invest in non-US companies that have catalysts that are idiosyncratic to market fluctuations."


Andrew Sleeman, CFAμ113619

Andrew Sleeman, CFAμ113619

  • Joined Franklin Templeton in 2007
  • Managed Fund Since 2009
Tim Rankin, CFAμ11536

Tim Rankin, CFAμ11536

  • Joined Franklin Templeton in 1997
  • Managed Fund Since 2018


Overall Morningstar Rating As of 01/31/2020

Rating Category: Foreign Large Value

The fund's overall Morningstar Rating measures risk-adjusted returns and is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its 3-, 5- and 10-year (if applicable) rating metrics.

Historical Morningstar Rating As of 01/31/2020

Years Ratings Funds
in category
1 Stars
2 Stars

Morningstar Style Box

We do not publish a style box for this fund.

Strategy, Benefits, Results


At Franklin Mutual Series, we focus on recognizing value that most other investors might miss.

Our goal is to deliver solid, risk-adjusted returns, year in and year out. Over the last 60 years, Franklin Mutual Series' consistent, deep-value approach has benefited shareholders with long-term investment horizons.

  • Opportunistic Value Investors. Our core investments are in undervalued stocks with viable catalysts that we believe will change the way the market views their true worth.
  • Think and Act Like Company Owners. We have a responsibility to our shareholders and won't hesitate to be activist investors if their interests need to be protected.
  • Strive To Reduce Risk. Our unique strategy has historically provided the fund with lower volatility than the overall market and has enabled us to deliver strong results over the long term.


  • Diversification. Focused predominantly on companies in Europe and developed Asia, the fund's investment mix contains a variety of asset classes.
  • Activism. We strive to influence company management, helping unlock that company's full potential.

Investing In The Fund

What Are the Risks?

  • All investments involve risks, including possible loss of principal.
  • Value securities may not increase in price as anticipated or may decline further in value.
  • Special risks are associated with foreign investing, including currency fluctuations, economic instability and political developments; investments in developing market countries involve heightened risks related to the same factors. Because the fund may invest its assets in companies in a specific region, including Europe, it is subject to greater risks of adverse developments in that region and/or the surrounding regions than a fund that is more broadly diversified geographically. Current political and financial uncertainty surrounding the European Union may increase market volatility and the economic risk of investing in companies in Europe
  • Smaller and midsize company stocks have exhibited greater price volatility than larger-company stocks, particularly over the short term.
  • The fund’s investments in companies engaged in mergers, reorganizations or liquidations also involve special risks as pending deals may not be completed on time or on favorable terms.
  • The fund may invest in lower-rated bonds, which entail higher credit risk.
  • Please consult the prospectus for a more detailed description of the fund’s risks.

Minimum Investment

See Prospectus

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