]> Press Release - Franklin Universal Trust Dividend - 12/16/03
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Franklin Universal Trust Declares Monthly Dividend

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

San Mateo, CA, December 16, 2003 -- Franklin Universal Trust [NYSE:FT], a closed-end investment company managed by Franklin Advisers, Inc., announced today a dividend of 3.0 cents per share, payable January 15, 2004, to shareholders of record on December 31, 2003.

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 approximately $322 billion in assets under management as of November 30, 2003.  For more information, please call 1-800/DIAL BEN® or visit franklintempleton.com.