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

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TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 16, 2012) - (TSX: XBB)(TSX:XBM)(TSX: XCB)(TSX:XCG)(TSX:XCS)(TSX: XCV)(TSX: XDV)(TSX:XEB)(TSX: XEG)(TSX: XEI)(TSX:XEN)(TSX: XFN)(TSX: XFR)(TSX:XGB)(TSX: XGD)(TSX: XHB)(TSX:XHY)(TSX: XIC)(TSX:XIG)(TSX:XIT)(TSX: XIU)(TSX: XLB)(TSX:XMA)(TSX:XMD)(TSX:XPF)(TSX: XRE)(TSX: XSB)(TSX:XSH)(TSX: XST)(TSX:XTR)(TSX:XUT)(TSX:XVX)

BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK), today announced the March 2012 cash distributions for the thirty two iShares funds listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange which pay on a quarterly basis. Unitholders of record on March 27, 2012 will receive cash distributions payable on March 30, 2012. Details of the "per unit" distribution amounts are as follows:



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Cash Distribution
Fund Name Fund Ticker Per Unit ($)
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iShares DEX Universe Bond Index Fund XBB $ 0.08350
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iShares S&P(R)/TSX(R) Global Base Metals
Index Fund XBM $ 0.13914
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iShares DEX All Corporate Bond Index Fund XCB $ 0.06875
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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Growth
Index Fund XCG $ 0.07610
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iShares S&P/TSX SmallCap Index Fund XCS $ 0.07215
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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Value
Index Fund XCV $ 0.17573
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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Dividend
Index Fund XDV $ 0.06900
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iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets
Bond Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) XEB $ 0.06950
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index Fund XEG $ 0.10516
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iShares S&P/TSX Equity Income Index Fund XEI $ 0.07650
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iShares Jantzi Social Index Fund XEN $ 0.11939
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index
Fund XFN $ 0.06450
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iShares DEX Floating Rate Note Index Fund XFR $ 0.02275
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iShares DEX All Government Bond Index Fund XGB $ 0.05217
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iShares S&P/TSX Global Gold Index Fund XGD $ 0.04755
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iShares DEX HYBrid Bond Index Fund XHB $ 0.08418
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iShares U.S. High Yield Bond Index Fund
(CAD-Hedged) XHY $ 0.12100
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index
Fund XIC $ 0.13814
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iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index Fund
(CAD-Hedged) XIG $ 0.07200
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Information
Technology Index Fund XIT $ 0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX 60 Index Fund XIU $ 0.13158
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iShares DEX Long Term Bond Index Fund XLB $ 0.07012
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Materials Index
Fund XMA $ 0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX Completion Index Fund XMD $ 0.10355
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iShares S&P/TSX North American Preferred
Stock Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) XPF $ 0.08700
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index Fund XRE $ 0.06250
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iShares DEX Short Term Bond Index Fund XSB $ 0.06878
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iShares DEX Short Term Corporate Universe
+ Maple Bond Index Fund XSH $ 0.05918
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Consumer Staples
Index Fund XST $ 0.06391
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iShares Diversified Monthly Income Fund XTR $ 0.06000
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Utilities Index
Fund XUT $ 0.06850
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iShares S&P/TSX Venture Index Fund XVX $ 0.00000
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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(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 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(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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