A Flourishing Firm at a Pint-Sized Price

Franklin Templeton funds, operated by Franklin Resources (BEN) are known for value investing -- and the firm's shares now sell for exactly where they did in late 2009, even as the the fundamentals have flourished. From the end of fiscal 2009 through fiscal 2011 (ended Sept. 30, 2011), earnings per share grew by 121.6%, dividends increased by 16.9% and book value rose by 17.7%. The quarterly payout has already been raised again since then.

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Over the longer term, things look even better. Here are Franklin's per-share numbers in a few key categories for the decade ending this September....267 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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