BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited (iShares)

BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited (iShares)

February 15, 2012 11:20 ET

BlackRock Announces Filing of iShares® Funds Tax Information for 2011

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 15, 2012) - (TSX:XAL)(TSX:XBB)(TSX:XBM)(TSX:XBZ)(TSX:XCB)(TSX:XCG)(TSX:XCH)(TSX:XCR)(TSX:XCS)(TSX:XCV)(TSX:XDV)(TSX:XEB)(TSX:XEG)(TSX:XEI)(TSX:XEM)(TSX:XEN)(TSX:XFN)(TSX:XFR)(TSX:XGB)(TSX:XGC)(TSX:XGD)(TSX:XGR)(TSX:XHB)(TSX:XHC)(TSX:XHY)(TSX:XIC)(TSX:XID)(TSX:XIG)(TSX:XIN)(TSX:XIT)(TSX:XIU)(TSX:XLA)(TSX:XLB)(TSX:XMA)(TSX:XMD)(TSX:XPF)(TSX:XQQ)(TSX:XRB)(TSX:XRE)(TSX:XSB)(TSX:XSH)(TSX:XSP)(TSX:XST)(TSX:XSU)(TSX:XTR)(TSX:XUT)(TSX:XVX)(TSX:XWD)

BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK), announced today that the tax characteristics for all 2011 distributions for the iShares Funds have been finalized and provided to CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc. (CDS) for use by brokers in preparing tax reports, including T3 slips, for their clients. This information replaces any estimated tax characteristics that were provided periodically by BlackRock Canada during 2011 to help investors in iShares Funds with preliminary tax planning.

The "per unit" tax characteristics for iShares Funds 2011 distributions are summarized below. A more detailed listing of tax characteristics by individual distribution period will be available shortly at www.ishares.ca (and have been provided to CDS as noted above). For more information about the tax efficiency of iShares Funds, please visit www.ishares.ca.

Ticker Eligible Dividends Non Eligible Dividends Other Income Capital Gains Return of Capital Foreign Income Foreign Tax Paid Total Distribution
XAL 0.05208 0.33527 0.02550 1.05269 -0.00910 1.45644
XBB 1.10002 0.02286 1.12288
XBM 0.01606 0.04651 0.06403 -0.00622 0.12038
XBZ 0.02326 0.39054 -0.06266 0.35114
XCB 0.89011 0.01103 0.90114
XCG 0.08684 0.08233 0.16917
XCH 0.00547 0.31398 -0.05025 0.26920
XCR 0.42241 0.56956 0.00740 0.42360 -0.00135 1.42162
XCS 0.22921 0.81738 0.01730 1.06389
XCV 0.57926 0.22900 0.06919 0.87745
XDV 0.71049 0.21790 0.10091 1.02930
XEB 0.04666 0.65125 -0.09826 0.59965
XEG 0.23289 0.07387 0.30676
XEI 0.40065 0.04342 0.12265 0.56672
XEM 0.00753 0.02750 0.43594 -0.06874 0.40223
XEN 0.31291 0.06805 0.38096
XFN 0.66708 0.05327 0.07636 0.79671
XFR 0.00621 0.00379 0.01000
XGB 0.66044 0.02856 0.68900
XGC 0.12540 0.02299 0.82653 -0.03492 0.94000
XGD 0.25845 0.25845
XGR 0.22109 0.38415 0.01255 0.59724 -0.00958 1.20545
XHB 1.04185 0.06311 1.10496
XHC 0.15330 0.25431 -0.03974 0.36787
XHY 0.02762 1.50421 -0.00949 1.52234
XIC 0.43519 0.00215 0.02392 0.46126
XID 0.00243 0.07754 -0.01411 0.06586
XIG 0.02055 0.90772 -0.02284 0.90543
XIN 0.01809 0.48562 -0.07689 0.42682
XIT 0.00000
XIU 0.37833 0.06398 0.44231
XLA 0.00230 0.54202 -0.08524 0.45908
XLB 0.87208 0.07159 0.02925 0.97292
XMA 0.16319 0.16319
XMD 0.38511 0.04412 0.42923
XPF 0.44640 0.08143 0.55512 -0.04182 1.04113
XQQ 0.01268 0.07305 -0.01757 0.06816
XRB 0.92049 0.01809 0.01013 0.94871
XRE 0.01143 0.23659 0.40111 0.06561 0.02372 0.73846
XSB 0.92637 0.00676 0.93313
XSH 0.13412 0.05178 0.18590
XSP 0.01079 0.26866 -0.04388 0.23557
XST 0.08016 0.04412 0.12428
XSU 0.00890 0.21530 -0.03615 0.18805
XTR 0.11556 0.26376 0.28404 0.05664 0.72000
XUT 0.40806 0.01832 0.17426 0.60064
XVX 0.00000
XWD 0.04434 0.48519 -0.07904 0.45049

Further information on iShares Funds can be found at www.ishares.ca.

About BlackRock

BlackRock is a leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide. At December 31, 2011, BlackRock's AUM was US $3.513 trillion. BlackRock offers products that span the risk spectrum to meet clients' needs, including active, enhanced and index strategies across markets and asset classes. Products are offered in a variety of structures including 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 December 31, 2011, the firm has approximately 10,100 employees in 27 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 www.blackrock.com.

About iShares® ETFs

The iShares business is a global product leader in ETFs with over 460 funds globally across equities, fixed income and commodities, which trade on 19 exchanges worldwide. The iShares funds are bought and sold like common stocks on securities exchanges. The iShares funds are attractive to many individual and institutional investors and financial intermediaries because of their relative low cost, tax efficiency and trading flexibility. Investors can purchase and sell securities through any brokerage firm, financial advisor, or online broker, and hold the funds in any type of brokerage account. The iShares customer base consists of the institutional segment of pension plans and fund managers, as well as the retail segment of financial advisors.

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