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BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited (iShares)

December 17, 2009 11:40 ET

BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited Announces Revised Estimated Annual Reinvested Distributions for the iShares® Funds

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2009) - (TSX:XAL)(TSX:XBB)(TSX:XCB)(TSX:XCG)(TSX:XCR)(TSX:XCS)(TSX:XCV)(TSX:XDV)(TSX:XEG)(TSX:XEM)(TSX:XEN)(TSX:XFN)(TSX:XGB)(TSX:XGC)(TSX:XGD)(TSX:XGR)(TSX:XIC)(TSX:XIN)(TSX:XIT)(TSX:XIU)(TSX:XLB)(TSX:XMA)(TSX:XMD)(TSX:XRB)(TSX:XRE)(TSX:XSB)(TSX:XSP)(TSX:XSU)(TSX:XTR)(TSX:XWD)

BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited announces today the revised estimated annual reinvested distributions for the iShares exchange traded funds for the 2009 tax year. These annual reinvested distributions generally represent realized capital gains within the funds. The reinvested distributions are not paid in cash but will be reported as taxable distributions and can be used to increase the investor's adjusted cost base of the fund. These estimated reinvested distributions do not include the fourth quarter cash distributions which are reported in a separate press release. These estimates replace the previous estimates issued in a press release dated December 2, 2009.

Unitholders of record on December 30, 2009 will receive reinvested distributions payable on December 31, 2009. The ex-dividend date will be December 24, 2009. The actual taxable amounts of reinvested and cash distributions for 2009, including the tax characteristics of the distributions, will be reported to brokers (through CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc.) early in 2010.

The following chart shows the estimated annual reinvested distributions per unit for each of the iShares funds.

Fund Name Fund Ticker Estimated Reinvested Distribution Per Unit to Dec 15, 2009 ($) Percent of December 15, 2009 NAV per unit
iShares Alternatives Completion Portfolio Builder Fund XAL 0.24352 1.02%
iShares CDN Bond Index Fund XBB - 0.00%
iShares CDN Corporate Bond Index Fund XCB 0.20956 1.02%
iShares CDN Growth Index Fund XCG - 0.00%
iShares Conservative Core Portfolio Builder Fund XCR 0.11651 0.54%
iShares CDN S&P/TSX Small Cap Index Fund XCS - 0.00%
iShares CDN Value Index Fund XCV - 0.00%
iShares CDN Dividend Index Fund XDV - 0.00%
iShares CDN Energy Sector Index Fund XEG - 0.00%
iShares CDN MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund XEM - 0.00%
iShares CDN Jantzi Social Fund XEN - 0.00%
iShares CDN Financial Sector Index Fund XFN - 0.00%
iShares CDN Government Bond Index Fund XGB 0.00698 0.03%
iShares Global Completion Portfolio Builder Fund XGC - 0.00%
iShares CDN S&P/TSX Global Gold Index Fund XGD - 0.00%
iShares Growth Core Portfolio Builder Fund XGR - 0.00%
iShares CDN Composite Index Fund XIC - 0.00%
iShares CDN MSCI EAFE Index Fund XIN - 0.00%
iShares CDN Tech Sector Index Fund XIT - 0.00%
iShares CDN LargeCap 60 Index Fund XIU - 0.00%
iShares CDN Long Bond Index Fund XLB - 0.00%
iShares CDN Materials Sector Index Fund XMA - 0.00%
iShares CDN Completion Index Fund XMD - 0.00%
iShares CDN Real Return Bond Index Fund XRB 0.01599 0.08%
iShares CDN REIT Sector Index Fund XRE - 0.00%
iShares CDN Short Bond Index Fund XSB 0.07262 0.25%
iShares CDN S&P 500 Index Fund XSP - 0.00%
iShares CDN Russell 2000 Index Fund XSU - 0.00%
iShares CDN Income Trust Sector Index Fund XTR - 0.00%
iShares CDN MSCI World Index Fund XWD - 0.00%

Possible changes to reinvested distribution per unit amounts

The amounts shown above could change if the iShares Funds experience subscriptions or redemptions prior to the December 24th ex-dividend date. BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited will issue a final press release on December 24, 2009 which will provide the final amounts.

About BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited

BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited and its affiliates worldwide ("BlackRock") is one of the largest institutional investment managers in the world. BlackRock leads the world in managing index funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs), with over 200 iShares Funds representing $488 billion in assets. As at September 30, 2009, BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited managed over $69 billion in Canadian assets and in other assets for Canadian clients, including over $22 billion in the TSX-listed iShares Funds. BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited has offices in Toronto and Montreal.

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