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Franklin Universal Trust Reports Asset Allocation

2012-11-29 17:18 ET - News Release

SAN MATEO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/29/12

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 October 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 over $753 billion in assets under management as of October 31, 2012. For more information, please call 1-800/DIAL BEN® or visit franklintempleton.com.



FRANKLIN UNIVERSAL TRUST ASSET ALLOCATION at October 31, 2012
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                                      MARKET                    PERCENTAGE
SECURITY                              VALUE                     OF FUND (1)
                                      ------------              -----------

High Yield & Investment Grade
 Corporate Bonds & Preferred
 Securities                           $160,334,848                     68.9%

Utilities - Common & Preferred Stocks $ 69,958,479                     30.0%

Other Investments                     $  1,124,287                      0.5%

Cash & Other Net Assets               $  1,424,000                      0.6%
                                      ------------              -----------

Total Investments (1,2)               $232,841,614                    100.0%
                                      ============ ============ ===========

                                      MARKET                    PERCENTAGE
10 LARGEST HOLDINGS BY ISSUER         VALUE                     OF FUND (1)
                                      ------------              -----------

Duke Energy Corp.                     $  6,077,639                      2.6%
Dominion Resources Inc.               $  5,278,000                      2.3%
Southern Co.                          $  5,082,140                      2.2%
Pinnacle West Capital Corp.           $  3,707,900                      1.6%
Centerpoint Energy Inc.               $  3,679,566                      1.6%
Entergy Corp.                         $  3,629,000                      1.6%
Edison International                  $  3,520,500                      1.5%
Nextera Energy Inc.                   $  3,503,000                      1.5%
Sempra Energy                         $  3,487,500                      1.5%
American Electric Power Co. Inc.      $  3,333,000                      1.4%
                                      ------------              -----------

Total (2)                             $ 41,298,245                     17.7%
                                      ============ ============ ===========

% OF GROSS ASSETS IN DEFAULT:         MARKET                    PERCENTAGE
ISSUER(3)                             VALUE                     OF FUND (1)
                                      ------------              -----------

Fontainebleau Las Vegas               $      1,008                      0.0%
Newpage Corp.                         $    582,000                      0.2%
                                      ------------              -----------

Total (2)                             $    583,008                      0.3%
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                                         253
NAV per share                                      $       7.59 (4)
Market price per share                             $       7.43 (4)
Number of shares outstanding                         25,131,894
Total net assets                                   $190,841,615

(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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