Closed-End Funds Advised or Administered by Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC Announce that Franklin Resources, Inc. Acquired Legg Mason, Inc.


ClearBridge MLP and Midstream Fund Inc. (NYSE: CEM),

ClearBridge Energy Midstream Opportunity Fund Inc. (NYSE: EMO),

ClearBridge MLP and Midstream Total Return Fund Inc. (NYSE: CTR),

BrandywineGLOBAL – Global Income Opportunities Fund Inc. (NYSE: BWG),

LMP Capital and Income Fund Inc. (NYSE: SCD),

Western Asset Corporate Loan Fund Inc. (NYSE: TLI),

Western Asset Emerging Markets Debt Fund Inc. (NYSE: EMD),

Western Asset Global Corporate Defined Opportunity Fund Inc. (NYSE: GDO),

Western Asset Global High Income Fund Inc. (NYSE: EHI),

Western Asset High Income Fund II Inc. (NYSE: HIX),

Western Asset High Income Opportunity Fund Inc. (NYSE: HIO),

Western Asset High Yield Defined Opportunity Fund Inc. (NYSE: HYI),

Western Asset Inflation-Linked Income Fund (NYSE: WIA),

Western Asset Inflation-Linked Opportunities & Income Fund (NYSE: WIW),

Western Asset Intermediate Muni Fund Inc. (NYSE: SBI),

Western Asset Investment Grade Defined Opportunity Trust Inc. (NYSE: IGI),

Western Asset Investment Grade Income Fund Inc. (NYSE: PAI),

Western Asset Managed Municipals Fund Inc. (NYSE: MMU),

Western Asset Middle Market Debt Fund Inc. (XWAMX),

Western Asset Middle Market Income Fund Inc. (XWMFX),

Western Asset Mortgage Opportunity Fund Inc. (NYSE: DMO),

Western Asset Municipal Defined Opportunity Trust Inc. (NYSE: MTT),

Western Asset Municipal High Income Fund Inc. (NYSE: MHF),

Western Asset Municipal Partners Fund Inc. (NYSE: MNP),

Western Asset Premier Bond Fund (NYSE: WEA), and

Western Asset Variable Rate Strategic Fund Inc. (NYSE: GFY)

(together, the “Funds”)

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Franklin Resources, Inc. (“Franklin Resources”) and Legg Mason, Inc. (“Legg Mason”) announced today that Franklin Resources acquired Legg Mason in an all-cash transaction. As a result of the transaction, Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC, Western Asset Management Company, LLC, ClearBridge Investments, LLC and Brandywine Global Investment Management, LLC became indirect, wholly owned subsidiaries of Franklin Resources. Under the Investment Company Act of 1940, consummation of the transaction automatically terminated the management and subadvisory agreements that were in place for each Fund prior to the transaction. Each Fund’s manager and subadviser(s) continue to provide uninterrupted services with respect to the Fund pursuant to either new management and subadvisory agreements that were approved by Fund shareholders or interim management and subadvisory agreements that were approved by the Fund’s board and will continue for a period of 150 days.

Franklin Resources, whose principal executive offices are at One Franklin Parkway, San Mateo, California 94403, is a global investment management organization operating, together with its subsidiaries, as Franklin Templeton. As of June 30, 2020, after giving effect to the transaction described above, Franklin Templeton’s asset management operations had aggregate assets under management of approximately $1.4 trillion.

An investment in a Fund involves risk, including loss of principal. Investment return and the value of shares will fluctuate. Any data and commentary provided in this press release are for informational purposes only.

For more information, please call Investor Relations: 1-888-777-0102, or consult the Funds’ web site at The information contained on the Funds’ web site is not part of this press release. Hard copies of the Funds’ complete audited financial statements are available free of charge upon request.

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