BlackRock(R) Announces January Monthly Cash Distributions for the iShares(R) Funds

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 18, 2012) - XBBXCBXDVXEBXEIXFNXFRXGBXHBXHYXIGXLBXPFXREXSBXSHXTRXUT

BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. BLK, today announced the January 2012 cash distributions for the eighteen iShares funds listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange which pay on a monthly basis. Unitholders of record on January 27, 2012 will receive cash distributions payable on February 1, 2012. Details of the "per unit" distribution amounts are as follows:

<br /><br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />                                                           Cash Distribution<br />Fund Name                                    Fund Ticker        Per Unit ($)<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />                                                                     0.08982<br />iShares DEX Universe Bond Index Fund                 XBB                    <br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX All Corporate Bond Index Fund            XCB             0.07471<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Dividend                                    <br /> Index Fund                                          XDV             0.06876<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets                                    <br /> Bond Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)                        XEB             0.06921<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P(R)/TSX(R) Equity Income Index                                   <br /> Fund                                                XEI             0.07658<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index Fund         XFN             0.06405<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX Floating Rate Note Index Fund            XFR             0.02279<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX All Government Bond Index Fund           XGB             0.05621<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX HYBrid Bond Index Fund                   XHB             0.08977<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares U.S. High Yield Bond Index Fund                                     <br /> (CAD-Hedged)                                        XHY             0.12059<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index Fund                                   <br /> (CAD-Hedged)                                        XIG             0.07193<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX Long Term Bond Index Fund                XLB             0.07504<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX North American Preferred                                    <br /> Stock Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)                       XPF             0.08685<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index Fund               XRE             0.06204<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX Short Term Bond Index Fund               XSB             0.07405<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares DEX Short Term Corporate Universe +                                 <br /> Maple Bond Index Fund                               XSH             0.06170<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares Diversified Monthly Income Fund              XTR             0.06000<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />iShares S&P/TSX Capped Utilities Sector Fund         XUT             0.06844<br />----------------------------------------------------------------------------<br /><br />


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 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 www.blackrock.com.

About iShares(R) 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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