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How to buy Franklin Resources stock

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Franklin Resources, Inc is an asset management business based in the US. Franklin Resources shares (BEN) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Franklin Resources employs 9,500 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$5.4 billion.

How to buy shares in Franklin Resources

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Franklin Resources Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: BEN. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Franklin Resources reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Franklin Resources, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Franklin Resources. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Franklin Resources share price

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Franklin Resources shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-25.
52-week rangeUSD$15.205 - USD$29.27
50-day moving average USD$21.1486
200-day moving average USD$19.7027
Wall St. target priceUSD$21.75
PE ratio 10.2439
Dividend yield USD$1.08 (5.52%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.052

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Is it a good time to buy Franklin Resources stock?

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Is Franklin Resources under- or over-valued?

Valuing Franklin Resources stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Franklin Resources's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Franklin Resources's P/E ratio

Franklin Resources's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 10x. In other words, Franklin Resources shares trade at around 10x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Franklin Resources's PEG ratio

Franklin Resources's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.6987. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Franklin Resources's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Franklin Resources's EBITDA

Franklin Resources's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1.4 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Franklin Resources's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Franklin Resources financials

Revenue TTM USD$5.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 25.72%
Gross profit TTM USD$2.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 5.76%
Return on equity TTM 8.4%
Profit margin 19.04%
Book value $20.417
Market capitalisation USD$9.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Franklin Resources shares

There are currently 28.6 million Franklin Resources shares held short by investors – that's known as Franklin Resources's "short interest". This figure is 10.5% down from 32.0 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Franklin Resources shares can be evaluated.

Franklin Resources's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Franklin Resources's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Franklin Resources shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Franklin Resources shares traded daily (recently around 2.9 million). Franklin Resources's SIR currently stands at 9.89. In other words for every 100,000 Franklin Resources shares traded daily on the market, roughly 9890 shares are currently held short.

However Franklin Resources's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Franklin Resources shares, or, against the total number of tradable Franklin Resources shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Franklin Resources's short interest could be expressed as 0.06% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Franklin Resources shares in existence, roughly 60 shares are currently held short) or 0.1068% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Franklin Resources shares, roughly 107 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Franklin Resources.

Find out more about how you can short Franklin Resources stock.

Franklin Resources's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Franklin Resources.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Franklin Resources's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 20

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Franklin Resources's overall score of 20 (as at 08/01/2020) is excellent – landing it in it in the 20th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Franklin Resources is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Franklin Resources's environmental score

Environmental score: 0.17/100

Franklin Resources's social score

Social score: 9.33/100

Franklin Resources's governance score

Governance score: 5.35/100

Franklin Resources's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Franklin Resources scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Franklin Resources has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Franklin Resources, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2020-08-01.

Total ESG score 20
Total ESG percentile 19.58
Environmental score 0.17
Social score 9.33
Governance score 5.35
Level of controversy 1

Franklin Resources share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 39.02% of net profits

Recently Franklin Resources has paid out, on average, around 39.02% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 5.52% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Franklin Resources shareholders could enjoy a 5.52% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Franklin Resources's case, that would currently equate to about $1.08 per share.

While Franklin Resources's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Franklin Resources may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Franklin Resources's most recent dividend payout was on 15 October 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 29 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Franklin Resources's shares ever split?

Franklin Resources's shares were split on a 3:1 basis on 26 July 2013. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Franklin Resources shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 66.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Franklin Resources shares which in turn could have impacted Franklin Resources's share price.

Franklin Resources share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Franklin Resources's shares have ranged in value from as little as $15.205 up to $29.27. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BEN.US volatility(beta: 1.25)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Franklin Resources's is 1.2547. This would suggest that Franklin Resources's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Franklin Resources overview

Franklin Resources, Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the firm provides its services to individuals, institutions, pension plans, trusts, and partnerships. It launches equity, fixed income, balanced, and multi-asset mutual funds through its subsidiaries. The firm invests in the public equity, fixed income, and alternative markets. Franklin Resources, Inc. was founded in 1947 and is based in San Mateo, California with an additional office in Hyderabad, India.

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