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

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 03/15/17 -- (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)

(NEO: CIE) (NEO: CIE.A) (NEO: CLU) (NEO: CLU.A) (NEO: CLU.B) (NEO: CLU.C) (NEO: CRQ) (NEO: CRQ.A) (NEO: CWO) (NEO: CWO.A)

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™ Index ETF       CBD        0.05751
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        CBD.A        0.03857
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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index ETF       CBH        0.06165
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        CBH.A        0.05231
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iShares Balanced Growth CorePortfolio™ Index ETF       CBN        0.03589
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        CBN.A        0.01899
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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index ETF        CBO        0.04429
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        CBO.A        0.03543
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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats Index
 ETF                                                      CDZ        0.08861
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        CDZ.A        0.07191
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iShares Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco ETF                    CEW        0.02700
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        CEW.A        0.03250
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iShares Global Real Estate Index ETF                      CGR        0.13026
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        CGR.A        0.06779
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iShares U.S. High Yield Fixed Income Index ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                  CHB        0.09142
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        CHB.A        0.08210
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iShares International Fundamental Index ETF               CIE        0.05497
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        CIE.A        0.01795
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iShares Global Infrastructure Index ETF                   CIF        0.15307
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        CIF.A        0.09650
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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Government Bond Index ETF       CLF        0.04567
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        CLF.A        0.03680
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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Government Bond Index ETF      CLG        0.04994
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        CLG.A        0.04076
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iShares US Fundamental Index ETF                          CLU        0.10598
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        CLU.A        0.04405
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        CLU.B        0.04784
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        CLU.C        0.11635
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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Preferred Share Index ETF        CPD        0.05122
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        CPD.A        0.04795
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iShares Canadian Fundamental Index ETF                    CRQ        0.06744
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        CRQ.A        0.03628
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iShares Short Duration High Income ETF (CAD-Hedged)       CSD        0.07719
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        CSD.A        0.06821
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iShares US Dividend Growers Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)        CUD        0.05900
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        CUD.A        0.03900
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iShares Convertible Bond Index ETF                        CVD        0.07339
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        CVD.A        0.06371
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iShares Emerging Markets Fundamental Index ETF            CWO        0.08905
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        CWO.A        0.03053
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iShares Global Water Index ETF                            CWW        0.07301
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        CWW.A        0.01480
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iShares Global Monthly Dividend Index ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                  CYH        0.05481
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        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
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        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
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        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
                                                     -----------------------
                                                        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® (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®. 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® 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® 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.

Contacts:
Contact for Media:
Maeve Hannigan
416-643-4058
Maeve.Hannigan@blackrock.com

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