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BlackRock Announces Share Split for Four iShares ETFs

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BlackRock (NYSE:BLK) announces that the iShares Board of Trustees and
Board of Directors have authorized a share split for iShares Global 100
ETF (IOO), iShares Global Healthcare ETF (IXJ), iShares Global Consumer
Staples ETF (KXI) and iShares MSCI EM ESG Optimized ETF (ESGE).

The Boards have approved a 2-for-1 split for these funds for
shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 27, 2018,
payable after the close of trading on May 1, 2018. The 2-for-1 split
will lower the share price and increase the number of outstanding
shares. The total value of shares outstanding is not affected by the
split.

                                 
Fund Name       Ticker       Inception Date      

NAV/Share
(as of 03/27/18)

     

Proposed Forward
Split Ratio

iShares Global 100 ETF       IOO       December 5, 2000       $90.60       2 for 1
iShares Global Healthcare ETF       IXJ       November 13, 2001       $110.20       2 for 1
iShares Global Consumer Staples ETF       KXI       September 12, 2006       $98.35       2 for 1
iShares MSCI EM ESG Optimized ETF       ESGE       June 28, 2016       $75.51       2 for 1
                       

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2017, the firm managed approximately $6.288 trillion in assets on behalf
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About iShares

iShares® is a global leader in exchange-traded funds
(ETFs), with more than a decade of expertise and commitment to
individual and institutional investors of all sizes. With over 800 funds
globally across multiple asset classes and strategies and more than $1.5
trillion in assets under management as of December 31, 2017, iShares
helps clients around the world build the core of their portfolios, meet
specific investment goals and implement market views. iShares
funds are powered by the expert portfolio and risk management of
BlackRock, trusted to manage more money than any other investment firm1.

1 Based on $6.288 trillion in AUM as of 12/31/17

Carefully consider the Funds' investment objectives, risk factors,
and charges and expenses before investing. This and other information
can be found in the Funds' prospectuses or, if available, the summary
prospectuses which may be obtained by visiting 
www.iShares.com or www.blackrock.com.
Read the prospectus carefully before investing.

Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal.

The iShares Funds are distributed by BlackRock Investments, LLC
(together with its affiliates, "BlackRock").

International investing involves risks, including risks related to
foreign currency, limited liquidity, less government regulation and the
possibility of substantial volatility due to adverse political, economic
or other developments. These risks often are heightened for investments
in emerging/developing markets or in concentrations of single countries.

Funds that concentrate investments in specific industries, sectors,
markets or asset classes may underperform or be more volatile than other
industries, sectors, markets or asset classes and than the general
securities market.

A fund's environmental, social and governance ("ESG") investment
strategy limits the types and number of investment opportunities
available to the fund and, as a result, the fund may underperform other
funds that do not have an ESG focus. A fund's ESG investment strategy
may result in the fund investing in securities or industry sectors that
underperform the market as a whole or underperform other funds screened
for ESG standards.

The iShares Funds are not sponsored, endorsed, issued, sold or promoted
by MSCI Inc., nor does this company make any representation regarding
the advisability of investing in the Funds. BlackRock is not affiliated
with MSCI Inc.

©2018 BlackRock. All rights reserved. iSHARES and BLACKROCK are
registered trademarks of BlackRock. All other marks are the property of
their respective owners. 458281

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