Franklin Universal Trust Reports Asset Allocation

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SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire -08/17/12)- Franklin Universal Trust (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 July 31, 2012.

Franklin Advisers, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Franklin Resources, Inc. (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 over $718 billion in assets under management as of July 31, 2012. For more information, please call 1-800/DIAL BEN® or visit franklintempleton.com.

 
FRANKLIN UNIVERSAL TRUST ASSET ALLOCATION at
July 31, 2012

SECURITY MARKET PERCENTAGE
VALUE OF FUND (1)
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High Yield & Investment
Grade Corporate Bonds &
Preferred Securities $ 155,142,692 66.9%

Utilities - Common &
Preferred Stocks $ 71,529,149 30.8%

Other Investments $ 609,490 0.3%

Cash & Other Net Assets $ 4,678,561 2.0%
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Total Investments (1,2) $ 231,959,892 100.0%
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10 LARGEST HOLDINGS BY
ISSUER MARKET PERCENTAGE
VALUE OF FUND (1)
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Duke Energy Corp.     $ 6,271,006 2.7%
Dominion Resources Inc.     $ 5,431,000 2.3%
Southern Co.     $ 5,224,275 2.3%
Pinnacle West Capital Corp. $ 3,747,800 1.6%
Entergy Corp.     $ 3,633,500 1.6%
Centerpoint Energy Inc.     $ 3,575,988 1.5%
Nextera Energy Inc.     $ 3,545,000 1.5%
Sempra Energy $ 3,520,500 1.5%
Edison International $ 3,463,500 1.5%
Alliant Energy Corp.     $ 3,405,159 1.5%
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Total (2) $ 41,817,728 18.0%

% OF GROSS ASSETS IN
DEFAULT: MARKET PERCENTAGE
ISSUER(3) VALUE OF FUND (1)
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American Airlines $ 1,056,000 0.5%
Fontainebleau Las Vegas $ 1,000 0.0%
Newpage Corp.     $ 1,020,000 0.4%
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Total (2) $ 2,077,000 0.9%
Note: The value of these defaulted securities is reflected in
the Fund's net asset value. Percentages are rounded.


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Number of positions 239
NAV per share $ 7.56 (4)
Market price per share $ 7.37 (4)
Number of shares
outstanding 25,131,894
Total net assets $ 189,959,893

(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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