July 17, 2012 at 11:46 AM EDT
BlackRock(R) Announces July Monthly Cash Distributions for Certain iShares(R) Funds

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 07/17/12 -- (TSX: XBB)(TSX: XCB)(TSX: XDV)(TSX: XEB)(TSX: XEI)(TSX: XFN)(TSX: XFR)(TSX: XGB)(TSX: XHB)(TSX: XHY)(TSX: XIG)(TSX: XLB)(TSX: XPF)(TSX: XRE)(TSX: XSB)(TSX: XSH)(TSX: XTR)(TSX: XUT)

BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK), today announced the July 2012 cash distributions for iShares funds listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange which pay on a monthly basis. Unitholders of record on July 26, 2012 will receive cash distributions payable on July 31, 2012. Details of the "per unit" distribution amounts are as follows:


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                                                           Cash Distribution
Fund Name                                    Fund Ticker        Per Unit ($)
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iShares DEX Universe Bond Index Fund                 XBB            $0.08308
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iShares DEX All Corporate Bond Index Fund            XCB            $0.06755
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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Dividend
 Index Fund                                          XDV            $0.07950
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iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond
 Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)                             XEB            $0.06850
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iShares S&P®/TSX® Equity Income Index
 Fund                                                XEI            $0.07750
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index Fund         XFN            $0.06750
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iShares DEX Floating Rate Note Index Fund            XFR            $0.02363
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iShares DEX All Government Bond Index Fund           XGB            $0.05151
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iShares DEX HYBrid Bond Index Fund                   XHB            $0.08800
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iShares U.S. High Yield Bond Index Fund (CAD-
 Hedged)                                             XHY            $0.10150
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iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index Fund
 (CAD-Hedged)                                        XIG            $0.06150
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iShares DEX Long Term Bond Index Fund                XLB            $0.07191
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iShares S&P/TSX North American Preferred
 Stock Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)                       XPF            $0.09950
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index Fund               XRE            $0.06150
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iShares DEX Short Term Bond Index Fund               XSB            $0.06651
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iShares DEX Short Term Corporate Universe +
 Maple Bond Index Fund                               XSH            $0.05676
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iShares Diversified Monthly Income Fund              XTR            $0.06000
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Utilities Index Fund          XUT            $0.07050
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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 March 31, 2012, BlackRock's AUM was US$3.684 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® (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®. Headquartered in New York City, as of March 31, 2012, the firm has approximately 9,900 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

The iShares business is the global product leader in exchange traded funds with over 500 funds globally across equities, fixed income and commodities, which trade on 20 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 shares 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 and high net worth individuals.

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