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Franklin Templeton Closed-End Funds Announce Share Repurchases for the Fourth Quarter of 2022

NEW YORK, January 26, 2023--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The following Funds announced today their share repurchase activity during the fourth quarter of 2022.

Ticker

Fund Name

Share Repurchases
(10/1/22 - 12/31/22)

Repurchases Since Inception
of Each Fund’s Repurchase
Program

CEM

ClearBridge MLP and Midstream Fund Inc.

135,000

912,736

EMO

ClearBridge Energy Midstream Opportunity Fund Inc.

130,000

1,659,323

CTR

ClearBridge MLP and Midstream Total Return Fund Inc.

81,915

832,414

SCD

LMP Capital and Income Fund Inc.

158,416

688,587

DMO

Western Asset Mortgage Opportunity Fund Inc.

33,372

67,728

EMF

Templeton Emerging Markets Fund

33,299

2,367,268

TEI

Templeton Emerging Markets Income Fund

129,730

1,030,191

Share Repurchases seek to enhance shareholder value by purchasing the Fund’s shares when trading at a discount to the Fund’s net asset value ("NAV") per share. All repurchased shares are canceled and the difference between the purchase price and NAV results in incremental accretion to the Fund’s NAV for all shareholders.

Each Fund’s Board of Directors/Trustees has authorized each Fund to repurchase shares when they are trading at a discount to NAV and management reasonably believes the share repurchases will enhance shareholder value. The Funds are under no obligation to purchase shares at any specific discount levels or in any specific amounts. Each Fund's repurchase activity will also be disclosed in its shareholder report for the relevant fiscal period.

About Franklin Templeton

Franklin Resources, Inc. is a global investment management organization with subsidiaries operating as Franklin Templeton.

For more information about the Funds, please call 1-888-777-0102 or consult the Funds’ website at www.franklintempleton.com/investments/options/closed-end-funds. Hard copies of the Funds’ complete audited financial statements are available free of charge upon request.

Data and commentary provided in this press release are for informational purposes only. Franklin Resources and its affiliates do not engage in selling shares of the Funds.

The Funds’ shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Similar to stocks, Fund share prices will fluctuate with market conditions and, at the time of sale, may be worth more or less than the original investment. Shares of closed-end funds often trade at a discount to their net asset value, and can increase an investor’s risk of loss. All investments are subject to risk, including the risk of loss.

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined under the U.S. federal securities laws. Generally, the words "believe," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "project," "will," and similar expressions identify forward looking statements, which generally are not historical in nature. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual future results to differ significantly from each Fund’s present expectations or projections indicated in any forward-looking statements. These risks include, but are not limited to, changes in economic and political conditions; regulatory and legal changes; leverage risk; valuation risk; interest rate risk; tax risk; the continuation of investment advisory, administration and other service arrangements; and other risks discussed in the fund’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. The Fund undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein. There is no assurance that the Fund’s investment objectives will be attained.

INVESTMENT PRODUCTS: NOT FDIC INSURED | NO BANK GUARANTEE | MAY LOSE VALUE

Category: Corporate Action

Source: Franklin Resources, Inc.

Source: Legg Mason Closed End Funds

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Contacts

Investor Contact: Fund Investor Services 1-888-777-0102
Media Contact: Fund Investor Services-1-888-777-0102