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BlackRock(R) Announces Estimated Annual Reinvested Capital Gains Distributions For the iShares(R) Funds

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 18, 2014) -


BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited ("BlackRock Canada"), an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK), today announced the estimated annual reinvested capital gains distributions for the iShares Funds listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange for the 2014 tax year. Please note that these are estimated amounts only as of December 15, 2014 and could change if the iShares Funds experience subscriptions or redemptions prior to the ex-dividend date. 

These estimates are for the annual non-cash capital gains distributions, which are typically reinvested in additional units of the respective funds at the year-end, and do not include estimates of ongoing monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual cash distribution amounts. The additional units will be immediately consolidated with the previously outstanding units such that the number of outstanding units following the distribution will equal the number of units outstanding prior to the distribution.

We expect to announce the final annual reinvested distribution amounts, as well as the monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual cash distribution amounts, as applicable, for 2014, on or about December 24, 2014, for all funds except the iShares Premium Money Market ETF, for which a press release will be issued on December 30, 2014. The record date for the 2014 annual distributions will be December 31, 2014, payable on January 6, 2015. The actual taxable amounts of reinvested and cash distributions for 2014, including the tax characteristics of the distributions, will be reported to brokers (through CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc. or "CDS") in early 2015.

Details regarding the "per unit" distribution amounts are as follows:

Fund Name Fund Ticker Estimated Annual
 Reinvested Capital
 Gains Distribution
 Per Unit ($) at
 Dec 15, 2014
iShares Balanced Income CorePortfolio™ Index ETF CBD 0.83592
CBD.A 0.85659
iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index ETF CBH 0.00000
CBH.A 0.00000
iShares Balanced Growth CorePortfolio™ Index ETF CBN 0.64737
CBN.A 0.66478
iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index ETF CBO 0.00000
CBO.A 0.00000
iShares BRIC Index ETF CBQ 0.00000
CBQ.A 0.00000
iShares Broad Commodity Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) CBR 0.00000
CBR.A 0.00000
iShares S&P®/TSX® Canadian Dividend Aristocrats Index ETF CDZ 1.28364
CDZ.A 1.05687
iShares Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco ETF CEW 0.00000
CEW.A 0.11485
iShares Gold Bullion ETF CGL 0.00000
CGL.C 0.00000
iShares Global Real Estate Index ETF CGR 0.13887
CGR.A 0.33864
iShares Advantaged U.S. High Yield Bond Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) CHB 1.44758
CHB.A 1.34090
iShares China All-Cap Index ETF CHI 0.00000
CHI.A 0.00000
iShares International Fundamental Index ETF CIE 0.46089
CIE.A 0.35067
iShares Global Infrastructure Index ETF CIF 0.99747
CIF.A 0.99595
iShares Japan Fundamental Index ETF (CAD- Hedged) CJP 0.00000
CJP.A 0.00000
iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Government Bond Index ETF CLF 0.00000
CLF.A 0.00000
iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Government Bond Index ETF CLG 0.00000
CLG.A 0.00000
iShares Oil Sands Index ETF CLO 0.00000
CLO.A 0.00000
iShares US Fundamental Index ETF CLU 0.44966
CLU.A 0.84910
CLU.B 2.15971
CLU.C 1.65592
iShares Premium Money Market ETF CMR 0.00000
CMR.A 0.00000
iShares S&P/TSX Global Mining Index ETF CMW 0.00000
CMW.A 0.00000
iShares Global Agriculture Index ETF COW 0.00000
COW.A 0.00000
iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Preferred Share Index ETF CPD 0.00000
CPD.A 0.00000
iShares Canadian Fundamental Index ETF CRQ 0.69635
CRQ.A 0.71946
iShares Advantaged Short Duration High Income ETF (CAD-Hedged) CSD 0.71271
CSD.A 0.70757
iShares US Dividend Growers Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) CUD 1.00151
CUD.A 0.49582
iShares Convertible Bond Index ETF CVD 0.04394
CVD.A 0.04390
iShares Emerging Markets Fundamental Index ETF CWO 0.00000
CWO.A 0.00000
iShares Global Water Index ETF CWW 0.00000
CWW.A 0.00000
iShares Global Monthly Dividend Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) CYH 0.00000
CYH.A 0.00000
iShares Canadian Financial Monthly Income ETF FIE 0.00000
FIE.A 0.00000
iShares Silver Bullion ETF SVR 0.00000
SVR.C 0.00000
iShares Alternatives Completion Portfolio Builder Fund XAL 0.00000
iShares Canadian Universe Bond Index ETF XBB 0.00000
iShares S&P/TSX Global Base Metals Index ETF XBM 0.12592
iShares MSCI® Brazil Index ETF XBZ 0.00000
iShares Canadian Corporate Bond Index ETF XCB 0.00000
iShares S&P Global Consumer Discretionary Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XCD 0.00000
iShares Canadian Growth Index ETF XCG 0.00000
iShares China Index ETF XCH 0.00000
iShares Conservative Core Portfolio Builder Fund XCR 0.00000
iShares S&P/TSX SmallCap Index ETF XCS 0.39569
iShares Canadian Value Index ETF XCV 0.91640
iShares Canadian Select Dividend Index ETF XDV 0.16214
iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XEB 0.00000
iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets IMI Index ETF XEC 0.00000
iShares Core MSCI EAFE IMI Index ETF XEF 0.82974
iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index ETF XEG 0.00000
iShares MSCI Europe IMI Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XEH 0.78590
iShares Core S&P/TSX Composite High Dividend Index ETF XEI 0.75375
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index ETF XEM 0.07748
iShares Jantzi Social Index® ETF XEN 0.00000
iShares MSCI Europe IMI Index ETF XEU 0.00000
iShares S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index ETF XFN 0.04751
iShares Floating Rate Index ETF XFR 0.00000
iShares Canadian Government Bond Index ETF XGB 0.00000
iShares Global Completion Portfolio Builder Fund XGC 0.00000
iShares S&P/TSX Global Gold Index ETF XGD 0.00000
iShares S&P Global Industrials Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XGI 0.00000
iShares Growth Core Portfolio Builder Fund XGR 0.00000
iShares Canadian HYBrid Corporate Bond Index ETF XHB 0.00000
iShares Global Healthcare Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XHC 0.00000
iShares U.S. High Dividend Equity Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XHD 0.74252
iShares U.S. High Yield Bond Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XHY 0.00000
iShares Core S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index ETF XIC 0.32734
iShares India Index ETF XID 0.00000
iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XIG 0.00000
iShares MSCI EAFE® Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XIN 0.00000
iShares S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology Index ETF XIT 0.00000
iShares S&P/TSX 60 Index ETF XIU 0.00000
iShares Latin America Index ETF XLA 0.00000
iShares Core Canadian Long Term Bond Index ETF XLB 0.00000
iShares S&P/TSX Capped Materials Index ETF XMA 0.00000
iShares S&P/TSX Completion Index ETF XMD 0.00000
iShares MSCI EAFE Minimum Volatility Index ETF XMI 0.04283
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility Index ETF XMM 0.00000
iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility Index ETF XMU 1.26736
iShares MSCI Canada Minimum Volatility Index ETF XMV 0.93348
iShares MSCI All Country World Minimum Volatility Index ETF XMW 0.00000
iShares S&P/TSX North American Preferred Stock Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XPF 0.00000
iShares Core High Quality Canadian Bond Index ETF XQB 0.00000
XQB.A 0.00000
iShares NASDAQ 100 Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XQQ 0.00000
iShares Canadian Real Return Bond Index ETF XRB 0.42295*
iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index ETF XRE 0.00000
iShares Canadian Short Term Bond Index ETF XSB 0.00000
iShares Core Canadian Short Term Corporate + Maple Bond Index ETF XSH 0.00000
iShares Core S&P 500 Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XSP 0.00000
iShares Core Short Term High Quality Canadian Bond Index ETF XSQ 0.00000
iShares S&P/TSX Capped Consumer Staples Index ETF XST 0.28814
iShares U.S. Small Cap Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XSU 0.00000
iShares Diversified Monthly Income ETF XTR 0.00000
iShares Core S&P 500 Index ETF XUS 0.00000
iShares S&P/TSX Capped Utilities Index ETF XUT 0.00000
iShares S&P/TSX Venture Index ETF XVX 0.00000
iShares MSCI World Index ETF XWD 0.14309
* For iShares Canadian Real Return Bond Index ETF (XRB) only, the distribution amount includes an income component.

Further information on the iShares Funds can be found at

About BlackRock

BlackRock is a leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide. At September 30, 2014, BlackRock's AUM was US$4.525 trillion. BlackRock helps clients meet their goals and overcome challenges with a range of products that include separate accounts, mutual funds, iShares® (exchange-traded funds), and other pooled investment vehicles. BlackRock also offers risk management, advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of institutional investors through BlackRock Solutions®. Headquartered in New York City, as of September 30, 2014, the firm had approximately 12,100 employees in more than 30 countries and a major presence in key global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and Africa. For additional information, please visit the Company's website at | Twitter: @BlackRockCA | Blog:

About iShares

iShares is a global leader in exchange-traded funds (ETFs), with more than a decade of expertise and commitment to individual and institutional investors of all sizes. With over 700 funds globally across multiple asset classes and strategies and more than US$1 trillion in assets under management as of September 30, 2014, iShares helps clients around the world build the core of their portfolios, meet specific investment goals and implement market views. iShares funds are powered by the expert portfolio and risk management of BlackRock, trusted to manage more money than any other investment firm.

iShares® Funds are managed by BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited. 

Commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with investing in iShares Funds. Please read the relevant prospectus before investing. The funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. Tax, investment and all other decisions should be made, as appropriate, only with guidance from a qualified professional. 

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