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Certain BlackRock Closed-End Funds Announce Estimated Sources of Distributions

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Today, BlackRock Resources & Commodities Strategy Trust (NYSE: BCX), BlackRock Enhanced Equity Dividend Trust (NYSE: BDJ), BlackRock Energy and Resources Trust (NYSE: BGR), BlackRock International Growth and Income Trust (NYSE: BGY), BlackRock Health Sciences Trust (NYSE: BME), BlackRock Global Opportunities Equity Trust (NYSE: BOE), BlackRock Utility and Infrastructure Trust (NYSE: BUI), BlackRock Enhanced Capital and Income Fund, Inc. (NYSE: CII), BlackRock Science and Technology Trust (NYSE: BST), and BlackRock Enhanced Government Fund, Inc. (NYSE: EGF) (collectively, the "Funds") paid the following distributions per share:

                 
Fund       Pay Date       Per Share
BCX       May 31, 2016       $0.044600
BDJ       May 31, 2016       $0.046700
BGR       May 31, 2016       $0.077600
BGY       May 31, 2016       $0.049000
BME       May 31, 2016       $0.200000
BOE       May 31, 2016       $0.097000
BUI       May 31, 2016       $0.121000
CII       May 31, 2016       $0.100000
BST       May 31, 2016       $0.100000
EGF       May 31, 2016       $0.049000
           

Each of the Funds has adopted a level distribution plan (the "Plan") and employs a managed distribution and/or an option over-write policy to support a level distribution of income, capital gains and/or return of capital. The fixed amounts distributed per share are subject to change at the discretion of each Fund's Board of Directors/Trustees. Under its Plan, each Fund will distribute all available investment income to its shareholders, consistent with its primary investment objectives and as required by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. If sufficient investment income is not available on a monthly basis, the Funds will distribute long-term capital gains and/or return capital to their shareholders in order to maintain a level distribution.

The Funds' estimated sources of the distributions paid this month and for their current fiscal year are as follows:

Estimated Allocations as of May 31, 2016
Fund   Distribution  

Net Investment
Income

 

Net Realized Short-
Term Gains

 

Net Realized
Long-Term Gains

  Return of Capital
BCX1   $0.044600   $0.019493 (44%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.025107 (56%)
BDJ1   $0.046700   $0.010456 (22%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.036244 (78%)
BGR1   $0.077600   $0.015751 (20%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.061849 (80%)
BGY1   $0.049000   $0.020951 (43%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.028049 (57%)
BME   $0.200000   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.200000 (100%)   $0 (0%)
BOE1   $0.097000   $0.022068 (23%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.074932 (77%)
BUI1   $0.121000   $0.087974 (73%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.033026 (27%)
CII1   $0.100000   $0.004247 (4%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.095753 (96%)
BST1   $0.100000   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.100000 (100%)
EGF1   $0.049000   $0.029970 (61%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.019030 (39%)
         
 
Estimated Allocations for the Fiscal Year through May 31, 2016
Fund   Distribution  

Net Investment
Income

 

Net Realized Short-
Term Gains

 

Net Realized
Long-Term Gains

  Return of Capital
BCX1   $0.264800   $0.061425 (23%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.203375 (77%)
BDJ1   $0.233500   $0.059613 (26%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.173887 (74%)
BGR1   $0.452800   $0.085858 (19%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.366942 (81%)
BGY1   $0.245000   $0.031326 (13%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.213674 (87%)
BME   $1.000000   $0.024291 (2%)   $0.166191 (17%)   $0.809518 (81%)   $0 (0%)
BOE1   $0.485000   $0.022068 (5%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.462932 (95%)
BUI1   $0.605000   $0.169701 (28%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.435299 (72%)
CII1   $0.500000   $0.039550 (8%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.460450 (92%)
BST1   $0.500000   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.500000 (100%)
EGF1   $0.196000   $0.140917 (72%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.055083 (28%)
         

1The Fund estimates that it has distributed more than its income and net-realized capital gains in the current fiscal year; therefore, a portion of your distribution may be a return of capital. A return of capital may occur, for example, when some or all of the shareholder's investment is paid back to the shareholder. A return of capital distribution does not necessarily reflect the Fund's investment performance and should not be confused with ‘yield' or ‘income'. When distributions exceed total return performance, the difference will reduce the Fund's net asset value per share.

The amounts and sources of distributions reported are only estimates and are not provided for tax reporting purposes. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon each Fund's investment experience during the remainder of its fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. The Fund will send you a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell you how to report these distributions for federal income tax purposes.

 
Fund Performance and Distribution Rate Information:
Fund  

Average annual
total return (in
relation to NAV) for
the 5-year period
ending on
4/29/2016




 

Annualized current
distribution rate expressed
as a percentage of NAV
as of 4/29/2016


 

Cumulative total
return (in relation
to NAV) for the
fiscal year through
4/29/2016



 

Cumulative fiscal
year distributions as
a percentage of
NAV as of
4/29/2016



BCX   (4.87)%   5.69%   16.31%   2.34%
BDJ   7.99%   6.47%   2.08%   2.16%
BGR   (4.74)%   6.06%   12.69%   2.44%
BGY   0.42%   8.90%   (1.49)%   2.97%
BME   14.38%   7.19%   (5.52)%   2.40%
BOE   3.26%   8.61%   (1.90)%   2.87%
BUI*   9.68%   7.06%   8.43%   2.35%
CII   8.49%   8.36%   (2.05)%   2.79%
BST*   3.88%   6.55%   (4.71)%   2.18%
EGF   2.35%   4.10%   1.43%   1.03%
       

* Portfolio launched within the past 5 years; the performance and distribution rate information presented for this Fund reflects data from inception to 4/29/2016.

Shareholders should not draw any conclusions about a Fund's investment performance from the amount of the Fund's current distributions or from the terms of the Fund's Plan.

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Availability of Fund Updates

BlackRock will update performance and certain other data for the Funds on a monthly basis on its website in the "Closed-end Funds" section of www.blackrock.com as well as certain other material information as necessary from time to time. Investors and others are advised to check the website for updated performance information and the release of other material information about the Funds. This reference to BlackRock's website is intended to allow investors public access to information regarding the Funds and does not, and is not intended to, incorporate BlackRock's website in this release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release, and other statements that BlackRock or a Fund may make, may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, with respect to a Fund's or BlackRock's future financial or business performance, strategies or expectations. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as "trend," "potential," "opportunity," "pipeline," "believe," "comfortable," "expect," "anticipate," "current," "intention," "estimate," "position," "assume," "outlook," "continue," "remain," "maintain," "sustain," "seek," "achieve," and similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could," "may" or similar expressions.

BlackRock cautions that forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which change over time. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and BlackRock assumes no duty to and does not undertake to update forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements and future results could differ materially from historical performance.

With respect to the Funds, the following factors, among others, could cause actual events to differ materially from forward-looking statements or historical performance: (1) changes and volatility in political, economic or industry conditions, the interest rate environment, foreign exchange rates or financial and capital markets, which could result in changes in demand for the Funds or in a Fund's net asset value; (2) the relative and absolute investment performance of a Fund and its investments; (3) the impact of increased competition; (4) the unfavorable resolution of any legal proceedings; (5) the extent and timing of any distributions or share repurchases; (6) the impact, extent and timing of technological changes; (7) the impact of legislative and regulatory actions and reforms, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and regulatory, supervisory or enforcement actions of government agencies relating to a Fund or BlackRock, as applicable; (8) terrorist activities, international hostilities and natural disasters, which may adversely affect the general economy, domestic and local financial and capital markets, specific industries or BlackRock; (9) BlackRock's ability to attract and retain highly talented professionals; (10) the impact of BlackRock electing to provide support to its products from time to time; and (11) the impact of problems at other financial institutions or the failure or negative performance of products at other financial institutions.

Annual and Semi-Annual Reports and other regulatory filings of the Funds with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") are accessible on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and on BlackRock's website at www.blackrock.com, and may discuss these or other factors that affect the Funds. The information contained on BlackRock's website is not a part of this press release.

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