BlackRock(R) Canada Announces March Cash Distributions for the iShares® ETFs

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 15, 2017) - (TSX:CBD) (TSX:CBD.A) (TSX:CBH) (TSX:CBH.A) (TSX:CBN) (TSX:CBN.A) (TSX:CBO) (TSX:CBO.A) (TSX:CDZ) (TSX:CDZ.A) (TSX:CEW) (TSX:CEW.A) (TSX:CHB) (TSX:CHB.A) (TSX:CIF) (TSX:CIF.A) (TSX:CLF) (TSX:CLF.A) (TSX:CLG) (TSX:CLG.A) (TSX:CMR) (TSX:CMR.A) (TSX:CPD) (TSX:CPD.A) (TSX:CSD) (TSX:CSD.A) (TSX:CUD) (TSX:CUD.A) (TSX:CVD) (TSX:CVD.A) (TSX:CWW) (TSX:CWW.A) (TSX:CYH) (TSX:CYH.A) (TSX:DXC) (TSX:DXO) (TSX:DXP) (TSX:FIE) (TSX:FIE.A) (TSX:XBB) (TSX:XBM) (TSX:XCB) (TSX:XCG) (TSX:XCS) (TSX:XCV) (TSX:XDV) (TSX:XEB) (TSX:XEG) (TSX:XEI) (TSX:XEN) (TSX:XFA) (TSX:XFC) (TSX:XFF) (TSX:XFI) (TSX:XFN) (TSX:XFR) (TSX:XFS) (TSX:XGB) (TSX:XGD) (TSX:XHB) (TSX:XHD) (TSX:XHU) (TSX:XHY) (TSX:XIC) (TSX:XIG) (TSX:XLB) (TSX:XMA) (TSX:XMD) (TSX:XMS) (TSX:XMU) (TSX:XMV) (TSX:XPF) (TSX:XQB) (TSX:XQB.A) (TSX:XRE) (TSX:XSB) (TSX:XSC) (TSX:XSE) (TSX:XSH) (TSX:XSI) (TSX:XSQ) (TSX:XST) (TSX:XTR) (TSX:XUH) (TSX:XUT) (TSX:XUU)

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BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited ("BlackRock Canada"), an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK), today announced the March 2017 cash distributions for the iShares ETFs listed on the TSX or NEO which pay on a monthly or quarterly basis. Unitholders of record of a fund on March 28, 2017 will receive cash distributions payable in respect of that fund on March 31, 2017.

Details regarding the "per unit" distribution amounts are as follows:

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Cash

Fund Distribution

Fund Name Ticker Per Unit ($)

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iShares Balanced Income CorePortfolio(TM) Index ETF CBD 0.05751

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CBD.A 0.03857

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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index ETF CBH 0.06165

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CBH.A 0.05231

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iShares Balanced Growth CorePortfolio(TM) Index ETF CBN 0.03589

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CBN.A 0.01899

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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index ETF CBO 0.04429

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CBO.A 0.03543

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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats Index

ETF CDZ 0.08861

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CDZ.A 0.07191

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iShares Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco ETF CEW 0.02700

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CEW.A 0.03250

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iShares Global Real Estate Index ETF CGR 0.13026

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CGR.A 0.06779

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iShares U.S. High Yield Fixed Income Index ETF (CAD-

Hedged) CHB 0.09142

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CHB.A 0.08210

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iShares International Fundamental Index ETF CIE 0.05497

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CIE.A 0.01795

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iShares Global Infrastructure Index ETF CIF 0.15307

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CIF.A 0.09650

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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Government Bond Index ETF CLF 0.04567

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CLF.A 0.03680

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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Government Bond Index ETF CLG 0.04994

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CLG.A 0.04076

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iShares US Fundamental Index ETF CLU 0.10598

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CLU.A 0.04405

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CLU.B 0.04784

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CLU.C 0.11635

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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Preferred Share Index ETF CPD 0.05122

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CPD.A 0.04795

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iShares Canadian Fundamental Index ETF CRQ 0.06744

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CRQ.A 0.03628

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iShares Short Duration High Income ETF (CAD-Hedged) CSD 0.07719

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CSD.A 0.06821

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iShares US Dividend Growers Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) CUD 0.05900

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CUD.A 0.03900

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iShares Convertible Bond Index ETF CVD 0.07339

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CVD.A 0.06371

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iShares Emerging Markets Fundamental Index ETF CWO 0.08905

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CWO.A 0.03053

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iShares Global Water Index ETF CWW 0.07301

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CWW.A 0.01480

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iShares Global Monthly Dividend Index ETF (CAD-

Hedged) CYH 0.05481

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CYH.A 0.04370

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Dynamic iShares Active Canadian Dividend ETF DXC 0.04000

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Dynamic iShares Active Crossover Bond ETF DXO 0.05700

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Dynamic iShares Active Preferred Shares ETF DXP 0.06500

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iShares Canadian Financial Monthly Income ETF FIE 0.04000

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FIE.A 0.04000

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iShares Canadian Universe Bond Index ETF XBB 0.07040

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iShares S&P/TSX Global Base Metals Index ETF XBM 0.03173

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iShares Canadian Corporate Bond Index ETF XCB 0.05468

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iShares Canadian Growth Index ETF XCG 0.08166

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iShares S&P/TSX SmallCap Index ETF XCS 0.09652

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iShares Canadian Value Index ETF XCV 0.15962

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iShares Canadian Select Dividend Index ETF XDV 0.07463

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iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond Index

ETF (CAD-Hedged) XEB 0.07004

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index ETF XEG 0.01803

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iShares Core S&P/TSX Composite High Dividend Index

ETF XEI 0.07528

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iShares Jantzi Social Index ETF XEN 0.08439

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iShares Edge MSCI Multifactor USA Index ETF (CAD-

Hedged) XFA 0.08727

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iShares Edge MSCI Multifactor Canada Index ETF XFC 0.10730

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iShares Edge MSCI Multifactor EAFE Index ETF (CAD-

Hedged) XFF 0.02914

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iShares Edge MSCI Multifactor EAFE Index ETF XFI 0.03239

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index ETF XFN 0.08276

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iShares Floating Rate Index ETF XFR 0.01391

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iShares Edge MSCI Multifactor USA Index ETF XFS 0.08553

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iShares Canadian Government Bond Index ETF XGB 0.04361

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iShares S&P/TSX Global Gold Index ETF XGD 0.00000

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iShares Canadian HYBrid Corporate Bond Index ETF XHB 0.07112

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iShares U.S. High Dividend Equity Index ETF (CAD-

Hedged) XHD 0.06215

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iShares U.S. High Dividend Equity Index ETF XHU 0.04995

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iShares U.S. High Yield Bond Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XHY 0.09041

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iShares Core S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index ETF XIC 0.16785

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iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XIG 0.06100

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iShares Core Canadian Long Term Bond Index ETF XLB 0.07012

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Materials Index ETF XMA 0.01334

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iShares S&P/TSX Completion Index ETF XMD 0.12896

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iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol USA Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XMS 0.09973

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iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol USA Index ETF XMU 0.19693

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iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol Canada Index ETF XMV 0.19775

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iShares S&P/TSX North American Preferred Stock Index

ETF (CAD-Hedged) XPF 0.07043

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iShares Core High Quality Canadian Bond Index ETF XQB 0.04422

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XQB.A 0.03452

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index ETF XRE 0.06533

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iShares Canadian Short Term Bond Index ETF XSB 0.05303

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iShares Conservative Short Term Strategic Fixed

Income ETF XSC 0.04328

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iShares Conservative Strategic Fixed Income ETF XSE 0.05908

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iShares Core Canadian Short Term Corporate + Maple

Bond Index ETF XSH 0.04815

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iShares Short Term Strategic Fixed Income ETF XSI 0.04624

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iShares Core Short Term High Quality Canadian Bond

Index ETF XSQ 0.03466

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Consumer Staples Index ETF XST 0.13726

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iShares Diversified Monthly Income ETF XTR 0.05000

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iShares Core S&P U.S. Total Market Index ETF (CAD-

Hedged) XUH 0.08422

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Utilities Index ETF XUT 0.06706

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iShares Core S&P U.S. Total Market Index ETF XUU 0.09058

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Estimated March Cash Distributions for the iShares Premium Money Market ETF

The March cash distributions per unit for the iShares Premium Money Market ETF are estimated to be as follows:

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Estimated

Cash

Fund Distribution

Fund Name Ticker Per Unit ($)

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iShares Premium Money Market ETF CMR 0.02012

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CMR.A 0.00759

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BlackRock Canada expects to issue a press release on or about March 27, 2017, which will provide the final amounts for the iShares Premium Money Market ETF.

Further information on the iShares Funds can be found at www.blackrock.com/ca.

About BlackRock

BlackRock is a global leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients. At December 31, 2016, BlackRock's AUM was US$5.1 trillion. BlackRock helps clients around the world meet their goals and overcome challenges with a range of products that include 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). As of December 31, 2016, the firm had approximately 13,000 employees in more than 30 countries and a major presence in 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/ca / Twitter: @BlackRockCA / Blog: www.blackrockblog.com/can

About iShares ETFs

iShares(R) 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 700 funds globally across multiple asset classes and strategies and more than US$1 trillion in assets under management as of December 31, 2016, 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 US$5.147 trillion in AUM as of 12/31/16

iShares(R) ETFs are managed by BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited.

Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with investing in iShares ETFs. Please read the relevant prospectus before investing. The funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. Tax, investment and all other decisions should be made, as appropriate, only with guidance from a qualified professional.

Contact Information:

Contact for Media:

Maeve Hannigan

416-643-4058

Maeve.Hannigan@blackrock.com

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