Franklin Universal Trust Reports Asset Allocation

Fri Mar 2, 2012 1:58pm EST

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  SAN MATEO, CA, Mar 02 (MARKET WIRE) -- 
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 January 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 $704 billion in assets
under management as of January 31, 2012. For more information, please
call 1-800/DIAL BEN(R) or visit franklintempleton.com.



FRANKLIN UNIVERSAL TRUST ASSET ALLOCATION at JANUARY 31, 2012
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                                        MARKET                   PERCENTAGE 
SECURITY                                 VALUE                   OF FUND (1)
----------------------------------   ------------               ------------
High Yield and Investment Grade
 Corporate Bonds & Preferred
 Securities                          $154,391,513                      69.4%

Utilities - Common and Preferred
 Stocks                               $66,273,149                      29.8%

Other Investments                        $634,494                       0.3%

Cash & Other Net Assets                $1,068,817                       0.5%
                                     ------------               ------------
Total Investments (1,2)              $222,367,973                     100.0%
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                                        MARKET                   PERCENTAGE 
10 LARGEST HOLDINGS BY ISSUER            VALUE                   OF FUND (1)
----------------------------------   ------------               ------------
Dominion Resources Inc.                $5,004,000                       2.3%
Southern Co.                           $4,943,260                       2.2%
Entergy Corp.                          $3,469,000                       1.6%
Duke Energy Corp.                      $3,409,600                       1.5%
Pinnacle West Capital Corp.            $3,308,200                       1.5%
Centerpoint Energy Inc.                $3,136,206                       1.4%
Alliant Energy Corp.                   $3,090,231                       1.4%
Edison International                   $3,078,000                       1.4%
Nextera Energy Inc.                    $2,992,500                       1.3%
American Electric Power Co. Inc.       $2,967,000                       1.3%
                                     ------------               ------------
Total (2)                             $35,397,997                      15.9%
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% OF GROSS ASSETS IN DEFAULT:           MARKET                   PERCENTAGE 
ISSUER(3)                                VALUE                   OF FUND (1)
----------------------------------   ------------               ------------
American Airlines                      $1,267,500                       0.6%
Fontainebleau Las Vegas                    $1,000                       0.0%
Newpage Corp.                            $982,500                       0.4%
                                     ------------               ------------
Total (2)                              $2,251,000                       1.0%
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                                         227
NAV per share                                            $ 7.18 (4)
Market price per share                                   $ 6.78 (4)
Number of shares outstanding                         25,131,894
Total net assets                                  $ 180,367,974

(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.


    


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Franklin Templeton Investments
Shareholders/Financial Advisors: (800) 342-5236 

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