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

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 16, 2012) - XBBXBMXCBXCGXCSXCVXDVXEBXEGXEIXENXFNXFRXGBXGDXHBXHYXICXIGXITXIUXLBXMAXMDXPFXREXSBXSHXSTXTRXUTXVX

BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. 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:

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