Franklin Resources, Inc (BEN) is a leading asset management business based in the US. Franklin Resources is listed on the NYSE and employs 11,800 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
|52-week range||$14.3589 - $27.34|
|50-day moving average||$25.1975|
|200-day moving average||$22.1392|
|Wall St. target price||$24.62|
|Dividend yield||$1.12 (4.23%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$1.59|
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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 current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 17x. In other words, Franklin Resources shares trade at around 17x 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 "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 (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $1.5 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Franklin Resources's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||$5.6 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||25.37%|
|Gross profit TTM||$2.2 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||5.08%|
|Return on equity TTM||6.88%|
|Market capitalisation||$13.4 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 24.3 million Franklin Resources shares held short by investors – that's known as Franklin Resources's "short interest". This figure is 4.6% up from 23.3 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) is the quantity of Franklin Resources shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Franklin Resources shares traded daily (recently around 3.6 million). Franklin Resources's SIR currently stands at 6.75. In other words for every 100,000 Franklin Resources shares traded daily on the market, roughly 6750 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 0.05% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Franklin Resources shares in existence, roughly 50 shares are currently held short) or 0.0841% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Franklin Resources shares, roughly 84 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.
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.
Total ESG risk: 17.34
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Franklin Resources's overall score of 17.34 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 17th 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.).
Environmental score: 0.61/100
Social score: 8/100
Governance score: 5.74/100
Controversy score: 1/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, 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.
|Total ESG score||17.34|
|Total ESG percentile||17.48|
|Level of controversy||1|
Dividend payout ratio: 41.6% of net profits
Recently Franklin Resources has paid out, on average, around 41.6% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.23% 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 4.23% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Franklin Resources's case, that would currently equate to about $1.12 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 January 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 30 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
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.
Over the last 12 months, Franklin Resources's shares have ranged in value from as little as $14.3589 up to $27.34. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
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 1.2894. 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, 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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