$BEN Franklin Templeton Plans to Convert Two Mutual Funds to ETFs

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Franklin Templeton today announced plans to convert two mutual funds to ETFs. Each of BrandywineGLOBAL - Dynamic US Large Cap Value Fund and Martin Currie International Sustainable Equity Fund has longer than a 5-year track record and top quartile Morningstar performance.1 The conversions, subject to shareholder approval, are expected to be effective in the third or fourth quarter of 2022. Brandywine Global Investment Management, LLC and Martin Currie Inc. are specialist investment managers of Franklin Templeton.

“The two mutual funds that we plan to convert to ETFs are investment strategies that have delivered exceptional results and are managed in a fashion that fits well in an ETF wrapper,” said Pierre Caramazza, Head of U.S. Product and Specialty Sales for Franklin Templeton. “The addition of these new ETFs would expand our line up in the actively managed U.S. large cap value and international growth spaces, where we have strong investment capabilities among our specialist investment managers.”

Patrick O’Connor, Head of Global ETFs for Franklin Templeton, said, “Active ETFs have experienced phenomenal growth, with a 3-year compound annual AUM growth rate of 63%.2 We believe that client demand will continue to increase as investors seek active insights combined with the benefits of the ETF structure. With these ETF conversions, we are best leveraging the capabilities of our diversified investment management teams to meet the evolving needs of our clients.”

BrandywineGLOBAL – Dynamic US Large Cap Value Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation by quantitatively investing in U.S. equities. The fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets in equity securities of U.S. large capitalization companies. The mutual fund had net assets of over $227 million as of November 30, 2021.

Martin Currie International Sustainable Equity Fund strives to provide long-term capital appreciation by investing in equity and equity-related securities of foreign companies. The fund has a strong focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) management and typically invests a minimum of 80% of its assets in securities that meet Martin Currie’s ESG criteria. The mutual fund had net assets of over $26 million as of November 30, 2021.

Each new ETF would be managed in a substantially similar manner as the corresponding mutual fund, and the ETF investment objective, principal investment strategies, primary subadviser and portfolio management team would be the same as that of the corresponding mutual fund.

Franklin Templeton’s ETF platform is designed to seek better client outcomes through a diverse and innovative product suite offered across asset classes and geographies. Over 55 ETFs are offered in the U.S., providing solutions for a range of market conditions and investment opportunities through active, smart beta and passively managed ETFs. Our U.S. ETF platform has approximately $9.7 billion in assets under management as of November 30, 2021, and is supported by the strength and resources of one of the world’s largest asset managers. Gather insights on ETF investing by visiting franklintempleton.com/etfs and following Franklin LibertyShares on : @libertyshares.

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About Franklin Templeton

Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE:BEN], is a global investment management organization with subsidiaries operating as Franklin Templeton and serving clients in over 165 countries. Franklin Templeton’s mission is to help clients achieve better outcomes through investment management expertise, wealth management and technology solutions. Through its specialist investment managers, the company brings extensive capabilities in equity, fixed income, multi-asset solutions and alternatives. With offices in more than 30 countries and approximately 1,300 investment professionals, the California-based company has over 70 years of investment experience and over $1.5 trillion in assets under management as of November 30, 2021. For more information, please visit franklintempleton.com and follow us on , and .

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1 Source Morningstar as of 11/30/2021. Morningstar Percentile Rankings are based on a fund’s total returns relative to all funds in the same category. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. Calculations assume the reinvestment of distributions and exclude sales charges, if any. The highest (or most favorable) percentile rank is 1 and the lowest (or least favorable) percentile rank is 100. The top-performing fund in a category will always receive a rank of 1. Morningstar Inc. is an independent investment research firm that compiles and analyzes fund, stock and general market data. A high ranking does not necessarily imply that a fund achieved positive results for the period. Rankings shown are for Class I shares. Other share classes have different expense structures and performance characteristics. Classes have a common portfolio. Past performance and is no guarantee of future results. BrandywineGLOBAL - Dynamic US Large Cap Value Fund’s Morningstar peer group category is U.S. Fund Large Value. Class I ranked 14th (147/1221 funds) for the 1-year period, 19th (186/1186 funds) for the 3-year period, 19th (181/1131 funds) for the 5-year period. Martin Currie International Sustainable Equity Fund’s Morningstar peer group is U.S. Fund Foreign Large Growth. Class I ranked 12th (39/449 funds) for the 1-year period, 13th (49/420 funds) for the 3-year period, 13th (45/393 funds) for the 5-year period. On September 30, 2021, the Martin Currie International Sustainable Equity Fund implemented changes to its name and investment policy, specifying that it will invest at least 80% of its assets in securities that meet environmental, social and governance criteria.

2 Source Morningstar as of 11/30/2021 for U.S. Active ETFs.

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