Franklin Universal Trust Reports Asset Allocation

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SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 2, 2012) -  Franklin Universal Trust (NYSE: FT), a closed-end investment company managed by Franklin Advisers, Inc., today reported its portfolio composition, certain portfolio characteristics and NYSE closing price as of August 31, 2012. 

Franklin Advisers, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE: BEN), a global investment management organization operating as Franklin Templeton Investments. Franklin Templeton Investments provides global and domestic investment management solutions managed by its Franklin, Templeton, Mutual Series, Fiduciary Trust, Darby and Bissett investment teams. The San Mateo, CA-based company has more than 60 years of investment experience and $731 billion in assets under management as of August 31, 2012. For more information, please call 1-800/DIAL BEN® or visit franklintempleton.com.

   
FRANKLIN UNIVERSAL TRUST ASSET ALLOCATION at August 31, 2012  
           
               
SECURITY   MARKET
VALUE
      PERCENTAGE
OF FUND 1
 
                   
High Yield & Investment Grade Corporate Bonds & Preferred Securities   $ 153,844,396         67.0 %
                   
Utilities - Common & Preferred Stocks   $ 67,986,406         29.6 %
                   
Other Investments   $ 1,153,393         0.5 %
                   
Cash & Other Net Assets   $ 6,744,349         2.9 %
Total Investments 1,2   $ 229,728,544         100.0 %
                   
               
10 LARGEST HOLDINGS BY ISSUER   MARKET
VALUE
      PERCENTAGE
OF FUND 1
 
                   
Duke Energy Corp.   $ 5,993,446         2.6 %
Dominion Resources Inc.   $ 5,248,000         2.3 %
Southern Co.   $ 4,918,305         2.1 %
Pinnacle West Capital Corp.   $ 3,595,900         1.6 %
Centerpoint Energy Inc.   $ 3,462,222         1.5 %
Entergy Corp.   $ 3,404,000         1.5 %
Nextera Energy Inc.   $ 3,365,500         1.5 %
Sempra Energy   $ 3,310,000         1.4 %
Edison International   $ 3,284,250         1.4 %
American Electric Power Co Inc.   $ 3,224,250         1.4 %
Total 2   $ 39,805,873         17.3 %
                   
% OF GROSS ASSETS IN DEFAULT:              
ISSUER3   MARKET
VALUE
      PERCENTAGE
OF FUND 1
 
                   
Fontainebleau Las Vegas   $ 1,008         0.0 %
Newpage Corp.   $ 819,000         0.4 %
Total 2   $ 820,008         0.4 %
                   
Note: The value of these defaulted securities is reflected in the Fund's net asset value. Percentages are rounded.  
                   
Number of positions           241      
NAV per share         $ 7.47 4    
Market price per share         $ 7.38 4    
Number of shares outstanding           25,131,894      
Total net assets         $ 187,728,543      
                   
1 Percentage of total investments of the Fund. Total investments of the Fund include long-term and short-term investments and other net assets, excluding long-term debt issued by the Fund.  
2 Total figures may not represent exact sum of items as a result of rounding.  
3 Includes issuers that have defaulted or have missed scheduled bond payments.  
4 These figures are rounded to two decimal places.  
   
Contact:
Franklin Templeton Investments
Shareholders/Financial Advisors:
(800) 342-5236

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