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Franklin Universal Trust ("FT" or the "Fund") Announces Notification of Sources of Distributions

SAN MATEO, Calif., September 29, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Franklin Universal Trust [NYSE: FT]:

Notification of Sources of Distributions
Pursuant to Section 19(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940

The Fund’s estimated sources of the distribution to be paid on September 30, 2022 and for the fiscal year 2022 year-to-date are as follows:

Estimated Allocations for September Monthly Distribution as of August 31, 2022:

Distribution
Per Share

Net Investment
Income

Net Realized
Short-Term Capital
Gains

Net Realized
Long-Term Capital
Gains

Return of
Capital

$0.0425

$0.0405 (95%)

$0.0000 (0%)

$0.0000 (0%)

$0.0020 (5%)

Cumulative Estimated Allocations fiscal year-to-date as of August 31, 2022, for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2022:

Distribution
Per Share

Net Investment
Income

Net Realized
Short-Term Capital
Gains

Net Realized
Long-Term Capital
Gains

Return of
Capital

$0.5492

$0.4059 (74%)

$0.0576 (10%)

$0.0000 (0%)

$0.0857 (16%)

Shareholders should not draw any conclusions about the Fund’s investment performance from the amount of the current distribution or from the terms of the Fund’s Distribution Policy. FT estimates that it has distributed more than its income and net realized capital gains; therefore, a portion of the FT distribution to shareholders may be a return of capital. A return of capital may occur, for example, when some or all of the money that a shareholder invested in a Fund is paid back to them. A return of capital distribution does not necessarily reflect FT’s investment performance and should not be confused with ‘yield’ or ‘income’. The amounts and sources of distributions reported herein are only estimates and are not being provided for tax reporting purposes. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon the Fund’s investment experience during the remainder of its fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. The Fund will send a Form 1099-DIV to shareholders for the calendar year that will describe how to report the Fund’s distributions for federal income tax purposes.

Average Annual Total
Return (in relation to
the change in net asset
value (NAV) for the 5-
year period ended on
08/31/2022)1

Annualized
Distribution Rate (as a
percentage of NAV for
the current fiscal
period through
08/31/2022)2

Cumulative Total
Return (in relation
to the change in
NAV for the fiscal
period through
08/31/2022)3

Cumulative Fiscal
Year-To-Date
Distribution Rate (as
a percentage of NAV
as of 08/31/2022)4

4.82%

6.31%

-3.41%

6.80%

Fund Performance and Distribution Rate Information:

  1. Average Annual Total Return in relation to NAV represents the compound average of the Annual NAV Total Returns of the Fund for the five-year period ended through August 31, 2022. Annual NAV Total Return is the percentage change in the Fund’s NAV over a year, assuming reinvestment of distributions paid.

  2. The Annualized Distribution Rate is the current fiscal period’s distribution rate annualized as a percentage of the Fund’s NAV through August 31, 2022.

  3. Cumulative Total Return is the percentage change in the Fund’s NAV from August 31, 2021 through August 31, 2022, assuming reinvestment of distributions paid.

  4. The Cumulative Fiscal Year-To-Date Distribution Rate is the dollar value of distributions for the fiscal period August 31, 2021 through August 31, 2022, as a percentage of the Fund’s NAV as of August 31, 2022.

The Fund’s primary investment objective is to provide high, current income consistent with preservation of capital. Its secondary objective is growth of income through dividend increases and capital appreciation. Distributions may vary based on the Fund’s net investment income. Past distributions are not indicative of future trends.

For further information on Franklin Universal Trust, please visit our web site at: www.franklintempleton.com

Franklin Resources, Inc. is a global investment management organization with subsidiaries operating as Franklin Templeton and serving clients in over 155 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 offers boutique specialization on a global scale, bringing 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 75 years of investment experience and approximately $1.4 trillion in assets under management as of August 31, 2022. For more information, please visit franklintempleton.com.

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Contacts

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