Franklin Resources, Inc. Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Results

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SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Franklin Resources, Inc. (the “Company”) [NYSE: BEN] today announced preliminary net income of $306.4 million or $0.61 per diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, as compared to $245.9 million or $0.48 per diluted share for the previous quarter, and $502.5 million or $0.96 per diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. The previous quarter included an $86.4 million or $0.17 per diluted share tax charge and the quarter ended September 30, 2018 included an $89.6 million or $0.17 per diluted share tax reduction due to revisions to the estimated transition tax expense resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Tax Act”). Preliminary net income for the year ended September 30, 2019 was $1,195.7 million or $2.35 per diluted share, as compared to $764.4 million or $1.39 per diluted share for the previous year, which included an estimated income tax charge of $968.8 million or $1.80 per diluted share resulting from the Tax Act.

“Market volatility and net outflows continued to pressure assets under management and related earnings. However, we were pleased to see areas of sustained improvement in fiscal year 2019,” said Greg Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Franklin Resources, Inc. “We have seen strong performance and momentum in several key asset classes, most notably in our U.S. equity and emerging markets strategies. On the sales front, U.S. retail gross sales were up 12% over the prior year, and sales have also continued to strengthen in several international markets.

“Throughout the year, we focused on making investments in growth areas, including the acquisition of Benefit Street Partners. Our investments and efforts directly supported the firm’s multi-year strategic focus areas, which include strengthening our distribution teams, growing our alternative investment capabilities, expanding our multi-asset solutions business, building and promoting our ETF platform, and implementing new technology to increase investment opportunities and achieve the best possible outcomes for our investors.”

Total assets under management (“AUM”) were $692.6 billion at September 30, 2019, down $22.6 billion or 3% during the quarter due to $12.8 billion of net outflows and $9.8 billion of net market change, distributions and other. AUM decreased $24.5 billion or 3% during the fiscal year due to $31.8 billion of net outflows and $19.1 billion of net market change, distributions and other, partially offset by $26.4 billion from an acquisition.

Cash and cash equivalents and investments were $7.4 billion at September 30, 2019, as compared to $8.0 billion at September 30, 2018. Including the Company’s direct investments in consolidated investment products, cash and cash equivalents and investments were $8.5 billion at September 30, 2019, as compared to $9.1 billion at September 30, 2018. Total stockholders’ equity was $10.6 billion at September 30, 2019, as compared to $10.2 billion at September 30, 2018. The Company had 499.3 million shares of common stock outstanding at September 30, 2019, as compared to 519.1 million shares outstanding at September 30, 2018. The Company repurchased 5.6 million shares of its common stock for a total cost of $163.4 million during the quarter ended September 30, 2019, and 24.6 million shares for a total cost of $756.3 million during the fiscal year.

A commentary on the results by Chairman and CEO Greg Johnson, Executive Vice President and CFO Matthew Nicholls and President and COO Jennifer Johnson will be available today at approximately 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Access to the commentary will be available via investors.franklinresources.com.

Johnson, Nicholls and Johnson will also lead a live teleconference today at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to answer questions of a material nature. Access to the teleconference will be available via investors.franklinresources.com or by dialing (877) 407-8293 in the U.S. and Canada or (201) 689-8349 internationally. A replay of the teleconference can also be accessed by calling (877) 660-6853 in the U.S. and Canada or (201) 612-7415 internationally using access code 13695109, after 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 25, 2019 through November 25, 2019.

Analysts and investors are encouraged to review the Company’s recent filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and to contact Investor Relations at (650) 312-4091 before the live teleconference for any clarifications or questions related to the earnings release or commentary.

 

Franklin Resources, Inc. is a global investment management organization operating as Franklin Templeton. Franklin Templeton’s goal is to deliver better outcomes by providing global and domestic investment management to retail, institutional and sovereign wealth clients in over 170 countries. Through specialized teams, the Company has expertise across all asset classes, including equity, fixed income, alternatives and custom multi-asset solutions. The Company’s more than 600 investment professionals are supported by its integrated, worldwide team of risk management professionals and global trading desk network. With employees in over 30 countries, the California-based company has more than 70 years of investment experience and $692.6 billion in AUM as of September 30, 2019. The Company posts information that may be significant for investors in the Investor Relations and News Center sections of its website, and encourages investors to consult those sections regularly. For more information, please visit investors.franklinresources.com.

The financial results in this press release are preliminary. Statements in this press release regarding Franklin Resources, Inc. (“Franklin”) and its subsidiaries, which are not historical facts, are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this press release, words or phrases generally written in the future tense and/or preceded by words such as “will,” “may,” “could,” “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “seek,” “estimate,” “preliminary” or other similar words are forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors, some of which are listed below, that could cause actual results and outcomes to differ materially from any future results or outcomes expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. While forward-looking statements are our best prediction at the time that they are made, you should not rely on them and are cautioned against doing so. Forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and assumptions regarding our business, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. They are neither statements of historical fact nor guarantees or assurances of future performance.

These and other risks, uncertainties and other important factors are described in more detail in Franklin’s recent filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, in Risk Factors and Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in Franklin’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2018 and Franklin’s subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q:

Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release speaks only as of the date on which it is made. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

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Globe Newswire: 13:30 GMT Friday 25th October 2019

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