July 15, 2013 at 10:16 AM EDT
BlackRock(R) Announces July Monthly Cash Distributions for the iShares(R) Funds

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 15, 2013) - (TSX:CAB)(TSX:CAB.A)(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:CSD.U)(TSX:CSD.V)(TSX:CUD)(TSX:CUD.A)(TSX:CVD)(TSX:CVD.A)(TSX:CYH)(TSX:CYH.A)(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: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 2013 cash distributions for iShares funds listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange which pay on a monthly basis. Unitholders of record on July 26, 2013 will receive cash distributions payable on July 31, 2013.

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

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Fund Name Cash Distribution

Fund Ticker Per Unit ($)

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iShares Advantaged Canadian Bond Index Fund CAB 0.04490

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CAB.A 0.03541

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iShares Balanced Income CorePortfolio(TM) Fund CBD 0.04893

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CBD.A 0.03023

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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond CBH 0.07132

Index Fund ------------------------------

CBH.A 0.06203

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iShares Balanced Growth CorePortfolio(TM) Fund CBN 0.02662

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CBN.A 0.01167

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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index CBO 0.07144

Fund ------------------------------

CBO.A 0.06211

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iShares S&P(R)/TSX(R) Canadian Dividend CDZ 0.06673

Aristocrats Index Fund ------------------------------

CDZ.A 0.05069

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iShares Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco Fund CEW 0.02300

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CEW.A 0.03250

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iShares Advantaged U.S. High Yield Bond Index CHB 0.10050

Fund (CAD-Hedged) ------------------------------

CHB.A 0.09072

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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Government Bond CLF 0.05727

Index Fund ------------------------------

CLF.A 0.04808

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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Government Bond CLG 0.05851

Index Fund ------------------------------

CLG.A 0.04941

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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Preferred Share Index CPD 0.05684

Fund ------------------------------

CPD.A 0.04890

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iShares Advantaged Short Duration High Income CSD 0.08300

Fund ------------------------------

CSD.A 0.07500

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CSD.U(1) 0.08300

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CSD.V(1) 0.07500

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iShares S&P US Dividend Growers Index Fund CUD 0.03772

(CAD-Hedged) ------------------------------

CUD.A 0.01873

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iShares Advantaged Convertible Bond Index Fund CVD 0.07803

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CVD.A 0.06904

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iShares Global Monthly Advantaged Dividend CYH 0.04650

Index Fund ------------------------------

CYH.A 0.03550

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iShares Canadian Financial Monthly Income Fund FIE 0.04000

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FIE.A 0.04000

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iShares DEX Universe Bond Index Fund XBB 0.08129

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iShares DEX All Corporate Bond Index Fund XCB 0.06464

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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Dividend Index

Fund XDV 0.08284

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iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond

Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) XEB 0.06295

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iShares S&P/TSX Equity Income Index Fund XEI 0.07488

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index Fund XFN 0.07182

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iShares DEX Floating Rate Note Index Fund XFR 0.02153

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iShares DEX All Government Bond Index Fund XGB 0.05085

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iShares DEX HYBrid Bond Index Fund XHB 0.08546

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iShares U.S. High Dividend Equity Index Fund

(CAD-Hedged) XHD 0.05305

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iShares U.S. High Yield Bond Index Fund (CAD-

Hedged) XHY 0.10235

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iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index Fund

(CAD-Hedged) XIG 0.06450

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iShares DEX Long Term Bond Index Fund XLB 0.07210

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iShares S&P/TSX North American Preferred Stock

Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) XPF 0.07577

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index Fund XRE 0.06546

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iShares DEX Short Term Bond Index Fund XSB 0.06250

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iShares DEX Short Term Corporate Universe +

Maple Bond Index Fund XSH 0.05396

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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 0.06528

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(1) The cash distribution per unit for CSD.U and CSD.V are in U.S. Dollars.

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

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Estimated Cash

Distribution Per

Fund Name Fund Ticker Unit ($)

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iShares Premium Money Market Fund CMR 0.03794

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CMR.A 0.02401

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BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited will issue a press release on July 25, 2013 which will provide the final amounts.

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, 2013, BlackRock's AUM was US$3.936 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(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). Headquartered in New York City, as of March 31, 2013, the firm has approximately 10,600 employees in 30 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(R) ETFs

The iShares business is the global product leader in exchange traded funds with over 600 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.

iShares(R) Funds are managed by BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited. Commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with investing in iShares Funds. 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.

Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the prospectus before investing. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.

Contact Information:

Media Relations Contact:

Veritas Communications

Tara Wood

416-955-4571 or C: 416-301-5724

wood@veritascanada.com

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