California-based Franklin Resources Inc. recently confirmed in a staff memo that the company is looking at reducing as much as 5% of its workforce in an effort to save at least $75 million in employee cost as the fund manager faces continued outflows and economic uncertainty.
However, the company will not be firing its employees directly, but will give them buyout offers eligible for employees who are older than 50 years and with an industry experience of more than 10 years. Those employees have until March 25 to respond to the offer. The firm had a headcount of 9,691 as of September 30, 2018 the end of its fiscal year.
The move came as the company is facing persistent pressure from the changing market scenario and so urgently needs to focus on value.
Other big asset management companies like BlackRock (BLK) and State Street Corp. (STT) have indicated towards job reductions in 2019 as cost-cutting is being driven by the 2018 market decline as well as industry automation and growing pressure to lower fees.
According to the company’s CEO Greg Johnson and President Jenny Johnson, the industry remains in the midst of rapid change and it has put pressure on our business in recent years. Therefore, these difficult decisions are but necessary ones for the long-term health and strength of the organization.
Franklin reported a preliminary assets under management of $712.3 billion as of March 31 2019, while it experienced net outflows in each fiscal year since 2014.