BlackRock Announces Revised Estimated Annual Reinvested Distributions for the iShares(R) Funds

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2011) - XALXBBXBMXBZXCBXCGXCHXCRXCSXCVXDVXEBXEGXEIXEMXENXFNXFRXGBXGCXGDXGRXHBXHCXHYXICXIDXIGXINXITXIUXLAXLBXMAXMDXPFXQQXRBXREXSBXSHXSPXSTXSUXTRXUTXVXXWD - BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited announces today the revised estimated annual reinvested distributions for the iShares exchange-traded funds for the 2011 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 November 18, 2011.

Unitholders of record on December 29, 2011 will receive reinvested distributions payable on January 4, 2012. The ex-dividend date will be December 23, 2011. The actual taxable amounts of reinvested and cash distributions for 2011, including the tax characteristics of the distributions, will be reported to brokers (through CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc.) early in 2012.

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

<br /><br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />                                      Estimated Reinvested        Percent of<br />                              Fund   Distribution Per Unit December 15, 2011<br />Fund Name                   Ticker     to Dec 15, 2011 ($)      NAV per unit<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares Alternatives                                                        <br /> Completion Portfolio                                                       <br /> Builder Fund                  XAL                 0.33527             1.35%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX Universe Bond                                                   <br /> Index Fund                    XBB                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P(R)/TSX(R)                                                       <br /> Global Base Metals Index                                                   <br /> Fund                          XBM                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares MSCI Brazil Index                                                   <br /> Fund                          XBZ                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX All Corporate                                                   <br /> Bond Index Fund               XCB                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares Dow Jones Canada                                                    <br /> Select Growth Index Fund      XCG                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares China Index Fund       XCH                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares Conservative Core                                                   <br /> Portfolio Builder Fund        XCR                 0.56956             2.47%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX SmallCap                                                    <br /> Index Fund                    XCS                 0.82617             5.63%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares Dow Jones Canada                                                    <br /> Select Value Index Fund       XCV                 0.22729             1.22%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares Dow Jones Canada                                                    <br /> Select Dividend Index                                                      <br /> Fund                          XDV                 0.22166             1.11%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares J.P. Morgan USD                                                     <br /> Emerging Markets Bond                                                      <br /> Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)       XEB                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Capped                                                      <br /> Energy Index Fund             XEG                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Equity                                                      <br /> Income Index Fund             XEI                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares MSCI Emerging                                                       <br /> Markets Index Fund            XEM                 0.00725             0.03%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares Jantzi Social                                                       <br /> Index Fund                    XEN                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Capped                                                      <br /> Financials Index Fund         XFN                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX Floating Rate                                                   <br /> Note Index Fund               XFR                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX All Government                                                  <br /> Bond Index Fund               XGB                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares Global Completion                                                   <br /> Portfolio Builder Fund        XGC                 0.12540             0.53%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Global                                                      <br /> Gold Index Fund               XGD                 0.22167             0.98%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares Growth Core                                                         <br /> Portfolio Builder Fund        XGR                 0.38415             1.60%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX HYBrid Bond                                                     <br /> Index Fund                    XHB                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P Global                                                          <br /> Healthcare Index Fund                                                      <br /> (CAD-Hedged)                  XHC                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares U.S. High Yield                                                     <br /> Bond Index Fund (CAD-                                                      <br /> Hedged)                       XHY                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Capped                                                      <br /> Composite Index Fund          XIC                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P CNX Nifty                                                       <br /> India Index Fund              XID                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares U.S. IG Corporate                                                   <br /> Bond Index Fund (CAD-                                                      <br /> Hedged)                       XIG                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares MSCI EAFE(R) Index                                                  <br /> Fund (CAD-Hedged)             XIN                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Capped                                                      <br /> Information Technology                                                     <br /> Index Fund                    XIT                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX 60 Index                                                    <br /> Fund                          XIU                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P Latin America                                                   <br /> 40 Index Fund                 XLA                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX Long Term Bond                                                  <br /> Index Fund                    XLB                 0.07341             0.32%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Capped                                                      <br /> Materials Index Fund          XMA                 0.16449             0.87%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Completion                                                  <br /> Index Fund                    XMD                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX North                                                       <br /> American Preferred Stock                                                   <br /> Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)       XPF                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares NASDAQ 100 Index                                                    <br /> Fund (CAD-Hedged)             XQQ                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX Real Return                                                     <br /> Bond Index Fund               XRB                 0.48525             1.89%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Capped                                                      <br /> REIT Index Fund               XRE                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX Short Term                                                      <br /> Bond Index Fund               XSB                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX Short Term                                                      <br /> Corporate Universe +                                                       <br /> Maple Bond Index Fund         XSH                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P 500 Index Fund                                                  <br /> (CAD-Hedged)                  XSP                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Capped                                                      <br /> Consumer Staples Index                                                     <br /> Fund                          XST                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares Russell 2000(R)                                                     <br /> Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)       XSU                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares Diversified                                                         <br /> Monthly Income Fund           XTR                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Capped                                                      <br /> Utilities Index Fund          XUT                 0.01526             0.08%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Venture                                                     <br /> Index Fund                    XVX                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares MSCI World Index                                                    <br /> Fund                          XWD                 0.00000             0.00%<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br /><br />

Further information on iShares funds can be found at

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 23, 2011 ex-dividend date. BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited will issue a final press release on December 23, 2011 which will provide the final amounts.

About BlackRock(R)

BlackRock is a leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide. At September 30, 2011, BlackRock's AUM was US$3.345 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(R) (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(R). Headquartered in New York City, as of September 30, 2011, the firm has approximately 10,200 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

About iShares(R) ETFs

The iShares business is a global product leader in ETFs with over 410 funds globally across equities, fixed income and commodities, which trade on 16 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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