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

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 23, 2011) - XALXBBXBMXBZXCBXCGXCHXCRXCSXCVXDVXEBXEGXEIXEMXENXFNXFRXGBXGCXGDXGRXHBXHCXHYXICXIDXIGXINXITXIUXLAXLBXMAXMDXPFXQQXRBXREXSBXSHXSPXSTXSUXTRXUTXVXXWD - BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited announces today the final 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 reinvested distributions do not include the fourth quarter cash distributions which were reported in a separate press release dated December 16, 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 final annual reinvested distributions per unit for each of the iShares funds.

<br /><br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />                                                            Final Reinvested<br />                                                            Distribution Per<br />Fund Name                                    Fund Ticker       Unit for 2011<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares Alternatives Completion Portfolio                                   <br /> Builder Fund                                        XAL             0.33527<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX Universe Bond Index Fund                 XBB             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P(R)/TSX(R) Global Base Metals                                    <br /> Index Fund                                          XBM             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund                       XBZ             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX All Corporate Bond Index Fund            XCB             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Growth Index                                <br /> Fund                                                XCG             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares China Index Fund                             XCH             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares Conservative Core Portfolio Builder                                 <br /> Fund                                                XCR             0.56956<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX SmallCap Index Fund                  XCS             0.81689<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Value Index                                 <br /> Fund                                                XCV             0.22729<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Dividend                                    <br /> Index Fund                                          XDV             0.21790<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond                               <br /> Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)                             XEB             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index Fund             XEG             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Equity Income Index Fund             XEI             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund             XEM             0.00753<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares Jantzi Social Index Fund                     XEN             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index Fund         XFN             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX Floating Rate Note Index Fund            XFR             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX All Government Bond Index Fund           XGB             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares Global Completion Portfolio Builder                                 <br /> Fund                                                XGC             0.12540<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Global Gold Index Fund               XGD             0.22167<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares Growth Core Portfolio Builder Fund           XGR             0.38415<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX HYBrid Bond Index Fund                   XHB             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P Global Healthcare Index Fund                                    <br /> (CAD-Hedged)                                        XHC             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares U.S. High Yield Bond Index Fund (CAD-                               <br /> Hedged)                                             XHY             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index Fund          XIC             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P CNX Nifty India Index Fund               XID             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index Fund                                   <br /> (CAD-Hedged)                                        XIG             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares MSCI EAFE(R) Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)         XIN             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology                               <br /> Index Fund                                          XIT             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX 60 Index Fund                        XIU             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P Latin America 40 Index Fund              XLA             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX Long Term Bond Index Fund                XLB             0.07159<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Capped Materials Index Fund          XMA             0.16319<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Completion Index Fund                XMD             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX North American Preferred                                    <br /> Stock Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)                       XPF             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares NASDAQ 100 Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)           XQQ             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX Real Return Bond Index Fund              XRB             0.48616<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index Fund               XRE             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX Short Term Bond Index Fund               XSB             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX Short Term Corporate Universe +                                 <br /> Maple Bond Index Fund                               XSH             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P 500 Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)              XSP             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Capped Consumer Staples Index                               <br /> Fund                                                XST             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares Russell 2000(R) Index Fund (CAD-                                    <br /> Hedged)                                             XSU             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares Diversified Monthly Income Fund              XTR             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Capped Utilities Index Fund          XUT             0.01832<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Venture Index Fund                   XVX             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares MSCI World Index Fund                        XWD             0.00000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br /><br />

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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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