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Franklin Universal Trust Declares Monthly Dividend

From: Franklin Resources, Inc.
Contact: Matt Walsh
Telephone:(650) 312-2245

San Mateo, CA, October 14, 2002—Franklin Universal Trust [NYSE:FT], a closed-end investment company managed by Franklin Advisers, Inc., announced today a dividend of 5.9 cents per share, payable November 29, 2002 to shareholders of record on November 15, 2002.

Franklin Advisers, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE:BEN], a global investment organization operating as Franklin Templeton Investments. Franklin Templeton provides global and domestic investment management services through its Franklin, Templeton, Mutual Series and Fiduciary Trust subsidiaries. The San Mateo, CA-based company has over 50 years of investment experience and over $247 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2002. For more information, please call 1-800/DIAL BEN® or visit franklintempleton.com.