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

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/11/17 -- (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: 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: CYH) (TSX: CYH.A) (TSX: DXC) (TSX: DXO) (TSX: DXP) (TSX: FIE) (TSX: FIE.A) (TSX: XBB) (TSX: XCB) (TSX: XDV) (TSX: XEB) (TSX: XEI) (TSX: XFN) (TSX: XFR) (TSX: XGB) (TSX: XHB) (TSX: XHD) (TSX: XHU) (TSX: XHY) (TSX: XIG) (TSX: XLB) (TSX: XPF) (TSX: XQB) (TSX: XQB.A) (TSX: XRE) (TSX: XSB) (TSX: XSC) (TSX: XSE) (TSX: XSH) (TSX: XSI) (TSX: XSQ) (TSX: XTR) (TSX: XUT)

BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited ("BlackRock Canada"), an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK), today announced the April 2017 cash distributions for the iShares ETFs listed on the TSX. Unitholders of record of a fund on April 25, 2017 will receive cash distributions payable in respect of that fund on April 28, 2017.

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


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                                                                        Cash
Fund Name                                                Fund   Distribution
                                                       Ticker   Per Unit ($)
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iShares Balanced Income CorePortfolio™ Index
 ETF                                                      CBD        0.05583
                                                ----------------------------
                                                        CBD.A        0.03712
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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index
 ETF                                                      CBH        0.06165
                                                ----------------------------
                                                        CBH.A        0.05233
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iShares Balanced Growth CorePortfolio™ Index
 ETF                                                      CBN        0.03438
                                                ----------------------------
                                                        CBN.A        0.01813
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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index
 ETF                                                      CBO        0.04424
                                                ----------------------------
                                                        CBO.A        0.03522
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iShares S&P®/TSX® Canadian Dividend
 Aristocrats Index ETF                                    CDZ        0.08509
                                                ----------------------------
                                                        CDZ.A        0.06807
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iShares Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco ETF                    CEW        0.02700
                                                ----------------------------
                                                        CEW.A        0.03250
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iShares U.S. High Yield Fixed Income Index ETF
 (CAD-Hedged)                                             CHB        0.09016
                                                ----------------------------
                                                        CHB.A        0.08091
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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Government Bond Index
 ETF                                                      CLF        0.04567
                                                ----------------------------
                                                        CLF.A        0.03682
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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Government Bond Index
 ETF                                                      CLG        0.04969
                                                ----------------------------
                                                        CLG.A        0.04036
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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Preferred Share Index
 ETF                                                      CPD        0.05415
                                                ----------------------------
                                                        CPD.A        0.04760
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iShares Short Duration High Income ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                  CSD        0.07818
                                                ----------------------------
                                                        CSD.A        0.06954
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iShares US Dividend Growers Index ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                  CUD        0.05621
                                                ----------------------------
                                                        CUD.A        0.03243
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iShares Convertible Bond Index ETF                        CVD        0.07316
                                                ----------------------------
                                                        CVD.A        0.06380
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iShares Global Monthly Dividend Index ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                  CYH        0.05516
                                                ----------------------------
                                                        CYH.A        0.04459
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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        0.07000
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iShares Canadian Corporate Bond Index ETF                 XCB        0.05468
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iShares Canadian Select Dividend Index ETF                XDV        0.07640
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iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond
 Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)                                   XEB        0.07092
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iShares Core S&P/TSX Composite High Dividend
 Index ETF                                                XEI        0.07775
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index ETF               XFN        0.08771
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iShares Floating Rate Index ETF                           XFR        0.01395
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iShares Canadian Government Bond Index ETF                XGB        0.04342
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iShares Canadian HYBrid Corporate Bond Index ETF          XHB        0.07050
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iShares U.S. High Dividend Equity Index ETF
 (CAD-Hedged)                                             XHD        0.06107
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iShares U.S. High Dividend Equity Index ETF               XHU        0.05044
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iShares U.S. High Yield Bond Index ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                  XHY        0.09000
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iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                  XIG        0.05842
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iShares Core Canadian Long Term Bond Index ETF            XLB        0.06979
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iShares S&P/TSX North American Preferred Stock
 Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)                                   XPF        0.07202
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iShares Core High Quality Canadian Bond Index
 ETF                                                      XQB        0.04359
                                                ----------------------------
                                                        XQB.A        0.03374
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index ETF                     XRE        0.06847
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iShares Canadian Short Term Bond Index ETF                XSB        0.05177
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iShares Conservative Short Term Strategic Fixed
 Income ETF                                               XSC        0.04291
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iShares Conservative Strategic Fixed Income ETF           XSE        0.05857
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iShares Core Canadian Short Term Corporate +
 Maple Bond Index ETF                                     XSH        0.04721
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iShares Short Term Strategic Fixed Income ETF             XSI        0.04586
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iShares Core Short Term High Quality Canadian
 Bond Index ETF                                           XSQ        0.03394
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iShares Diversified Monthly Income ETF                    XTR        0.05000
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Utilities Index ETF                XUT        0.07026
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Estimated April Cash Distributions for the iShares Premium Money Market ETF

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


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                                                                   Estimated
                                                                        Cash
Fund Name                                                Fund   Distribution
                                                       Ticker   Per Unit ($)
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iShares Premium Money Market ETF                          CMR        0.01781
                                                ----------------------------
                                                        CMR.A        0.00719
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BlackRock Canada expects to issue a press release on or about April 24, 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 firm(1).

(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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