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Franklin Universal Trust Reports Asset Allocation

SAN MATEO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/07/13 -- 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 November 30, 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 65 years of investment experience and over $768 billion in assets under management as of November 30, 2012. For more information, please call 1-800/DIAL BEN® or visit franklintempleton.com.




FRANKLIN UNIVERSAL TRUST ASSET ALLOCATION at November 30, 2012
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                                       MARKET                    PERCENTAGE
SECURITY                               VALUE                     OF FUND (1)
                                       ------------              -----------

High Yield & Investment Grade
 Corporate Bonds & Preferred
 Securities                            $158,399,956                     68.9%

Utilities - Common & Preferred Stocks  $ 66,652,296                     29.0%

Other Investments                      $  1,123,577                      0.5%

Cash & Other Net Assets                $  3,789,562                      1.6%
                                       ------------              -----------
Total Investments (1,2)                $229,965,391                    100.0%
                                       ============ ============ ===========

                                        MARKET                   PERCENTAGE
10 LARGEST HOLDINGS BY ISSUER           VALUE                    OF FUND (1)
                                       ------------              -----------
Duke Energy Corp.                      $  5,904,626                      2.6%
Dominion Resources Inc.                $  5,111,000                      2.2%
Southern Co.                           $  4,725,175                      2.1%
Pinnacle West Capital Corp.            $  3,602,200                      1.6%
Nextera Energy Inc.                    $  3,435,500                      1.5%
Sempra Energy                          $  3,421,000                      1.5%
Edison International                   $  3,411,000                      1.5%
Centerpoint Energy Inc.                $  3,350,154                      1.5%
Alliant Energy Corp.                   $  3,267,378                      1.4%
American Electric Power Co. Inc.       $  3,198,750                      1.4%
                                       ------------              -----------
Total (2)                              $ 39,426,783                     17.1%
                                       ============ ============ ===========
% OF GROSS ASSETS IN DEFAULT:           MARKET                   PERCENTAGE
ISSUER(3)                               VALUE                    OF FUND (1)
                                       ------------              -----------
Fontainebleau Las Vegas                $      1,008                      0.0%
Newpage Corp.                          $    585,000                      0.3%
                                       ------------              -----------
Total (2)                              $    586,008                      0.3%
Note: The value of these defaulted securities is reflected in the Fund's net
 asset value. Percentages are rounded.

                                        =========== ============ ===========

Number of positions                                          247
NAV per share                                       $       7.48 (4)
Market price per share                              $       7.11 (4)
Number of shares outstanding                          25,131,894
Total net assets                                    $187,965,390

(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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