The fund invests at least 80% of its net assets in the equity securities of small capitalization companies, defined as having market caps under $3.5 billion at the time of purchase.
We are long-term, bottom-up investors looking for companies with solid operating results and trading at attractive valuations. We are bargain seekers looking for $1 worth of value for 80 cents.
We seek small-capitalization companies with the following characteristics:
- Well managed companies with strong fundamentals that are selling at bargain valuations.
- Stock prices that are low based on earnings, book value, cash flow or sales relative to the market, a company's industry or a company's earnings record.
- Recent sharp price declines but the potential for good long-term earning prospects.
- Valuable intangibles not reflected in the stock price, such as franchises, underused or understated assets or cash, or patents and trademarks.
We are buy-and-hold investors who generally seek to hold an investment for five or more years.
- Small-Cap Exposure. We aim to take advantage of the prospects particular to small-cap companies, which may not exist among larger companies.
- Broad Market Exposure. We invest in a variety of companies across multiple sectors and industries.
- Value Expertise. Investors can benefit from our veteran management team with extensive value investing experience.
What Are the Risks?
- All investments involve risks, including possible loss of principal.
- Stocks historically have outperformed other asset classes over the long term, but tend to fluctuate more dramatically over the short term.
- Value securities may not increase in price as anticipated, or may decline further in value.
- Smaller-company stocks have historically exhibited special risks, including greater price volatility, particularly over the short term.
- Smaller companies often have relatively small revenues, limited product lines and a small market share.
- Investments in foreign securities may involve special risks including currency fluctuations and economic and political uncertainty.
- These and other risks are described more fully in the fund’s prospectus.
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- All investments involve risks, including possible loss of principal. The fund's investments in smaller-company stocks carry special risks as such stocks have historically exhibited greater price volatility than larger-company stocks, particularly over the short term. Additionally, smaller companies often have relatively small revenues, limited product lines and a small market share. In addition, the fund may invest up to 25% of its total assets in foreign securities, which involve special risks, including currency fluctuations and economic and political uncertainty. These and other risks are detailed in the fund's prospectus.
- Total Returns include change in share price, assume reinvestment of all distributions, and reflect the deduction of fund expenses and applicable fees. Total Returns With Sales Charge: returns reflect the deduction of the stated sales charge. Total returns, distribution rate, and yields reflect any applicable expense reductions, without which the results for those impacted funds would have been lower.
- Most Franklin Templeton funds offer multiple share classes. Share classes are subject to different fees and expenses, which will affect their performance. In general, Class A shares have a maximum initial sales charge; Class C shares have a 1% contingent deferred sales charge; Class Z, Advisor Class and Class R6 shares have no sales charges nor Rule 12b-1 fees; Class R shares have no sales charges, but do have a Rule 12b-1 fee.
- Performance data represents past performance, which does not guarantee future results. Current performance may differ from figures shown. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate with market conditions, and you may have a gain or loss when you sell your shares.
- For more information on any of our funds, contact your financial advisor or download a free prospectus. Investors should carefully consider a fund's investment goals, risks, sales charges and expenses before investing. The prospectus contains this and other information. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing or sending money.
- Net Asset Value — The amount per share you would receive if you sold shares that day.
- For performance reporting purposes, the inception date for Classes A, R, R6, Z, and Advisor Class shares of all Franklin Templeton Funds is the date of effectiveness of the fund's registration statement or the first day the fund commenced operations. For Class C shares, generally the inception date is the first day the fund commenced offering such shares. Exceptions: Templeton Global Balanced Fund Classes A and C use the inception date of the old Class A and C shares, renamed Class A1 and Class C1. For Franklin Mutual Series Funds, Franklin International Small Cap Growth Fund and Franklin Pelagos Commodities Strategy Fund, the inception date for Classes A, C, R and R6 shares is the funds' oldest class', Z or Advisor, inception date. Franklin U.S. Government Money Fund Class R6 inception date is the first day it commenced offering such shares. For Franklin California Ultra-Short Tax-Free Income Fund Classes A1 and Advisor Class use the inception date of its predecessor, Franklin California Tax-Exempt Money Fund.
- A measure of the fund's volatility relative to the market, as represented by the Russell 2500 Value Index. A beta greater than 1.00 indicates volatility greater than the market. Based on the 3-year period ended as of the date of the calculation.
- Source: Morningstar®, 3/31/16. For each fund with at least a 3-year history, Morningstar calculates a risk-adjusted return measure that accounts for variation in a fund's monthly performance (including the effects of all sales charges), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of funds in each category receive a Morningstar Rating™ of 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. (Each share class is counted as a fraction of one fund and rated separately.) Past performance does not guarantee future results. Morningstar Rating™ is for the named share class only; other classes may have different performance characteristics.
- The annualized percentage difference between a fund's actual returns and its expected performance given its level of market risk, as measured by beta. Based on the 3-year period ended as of the date of the calculation.
- A statistical measurement of the range of a fund's total returns. In general, a higher standard deviation means greater volatility. Based on the fund's monthly returns over the 3-year period ended as of the date of the calculation.
- Source: Morningstar®, 6/30/15. The style box reveals a fund's investment style. The vertical axis shows the market capitalization of the stocks owned and the horizontal axis shows investment style (value, blend, or growth). Placement is determined by fund portfolio holding figures most recently entered into Morningstar's database and corresponding market conditions. Shaded areas show the past 3 years of quarterly data. Past performance does not guarantee future results.
- The Gross Expense Ratio does not include a fee reduction related to the Fund's investment in a Franklin Templeton money fund, as applicable. The fee reduction is contractually guaranteed for at least the next 12-month period. Please see the prospectus for additional information.
- Percentage of the fund's returns explained by movements in the Russell 2500 Value Index. 100 equals perfect correlation to the index. Based on the 3-year period ended as of the date of the calculation.
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- Public Offering Price — Purchase price for each share of the fund on a given day. It includes the maximum initial sales charge, if any.
- A statistical measurement of a fund's historical risk-adjusted performance. It is calculated by taking a fund's excess return over that of the three-month Treasury bill divided by its standard deviation. Higher values generally indicate better historical risk-adjusted performance. Based on the 3 years ended as of the date of the calculation.
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