BlackRock Announces Revised Estimated Annual Reinvested Distributions for the iShares(R) Funds

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2011) - (TSX:XAL)(TSX:XBB)(TSX:XBM)(TSX:XBZ)(TSX:XCB)(TSX:XCG)(TSX:XCH)(TSX:XCR)(TSX:XCS)(TSX:XCV)(TSX:XDV)(TSX:XEB)(TSX:XEG)(TSX:XEI)(TSX:XEM)(TSX:XEN)(TSX:XFN)(TSX:XFR)(TSX:XGB)(TSX:XGC)(TSX:XGD)(TSX:XGR)(TSX:XHB)(TSX:XHC)(TSX:XHY)(TSX:XIC)(TSX:XID)(TSX:XIG)(TSX:XIN)(TSX:XIT)(TSX:XIU)(TSX:XLA)(TSX:XLB)(TSX:XMA)(TSX:XMD)(TSX:XPF)(TSX:XQQ)(TSX:XRB)(TSX:XRE)(TSX:XSB)(TSX:XSH)(TSX:XSP)(TSX:XST)(TSX:XSU)(TSX:XTR)(TSX:XUT)(TSX:XVX)(TSX:XWD) - BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited announces today the revised estimated annual reinvested distributions for the iShares exchange-traded funds for the 2011 tax year. These annual reinvested distributions generally represent realized capital gains within the funds. The reinvested distributions are not paid in cash but will be reported as taxable distributions and can be used to increase the investor's adjusted cost base of the fund. These estimated reinvested distributions do not include the fourth quarter cash distributions which are reported in a separate press release. These estimates replace the previous estimates issued in a press release dated November 18, 2011.

Unitholders of record on December 29, 2011 will receive reinvested distributions payable on January 4, 2012. The ex-dividend date will be December 23, 2011. The actual taxable amounts of reinvested and cash distributions for 2011, including the tax characteristics of the distributions, will be reported to brokers (through CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc.) early in 2012.

The following chart shows the estimated annual reinvested distributions per unit for each of the iShares funds.

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Estimated Reinvested Percent of

Fund Distribution Per Unit December 15, 2011

Fund Name Ticker to Dec 15, 2011 ($) NAV per unit

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iShares Alternatives

Completion Portfolio

Builder Fund XAL 0.33527 1.35%

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iShares DEX Universe Bond

Index Fund XBB 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares S&P(R)/TSX(R)

Global Base Metals Index

Fund XBM 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares MSCI Brazil Index

Fund XBZ 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares DEX All Corporate

Bond Index Fund XCB 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares Dow Jones Canada

Select Growth Index Fund XCG 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares China Index Fund XCH 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares Conservative Core

Portfolio Builder Fund XCR 0.56956 2.47%

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iShares S&P/TSX SmallCap

Index Fund XCS 0.82617 5.63%

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iShares Dow Jones Canada

Select Value Index Fund XCV 0.22729 1.22%

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iShares Dow Jones Canada

Select Dividend Index

Fund XDV 0.22166 1.11%

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iShares J.P. Morgan USD

Emerging Markets Bond

Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) XEB 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped

Energy Index Fund XEG 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares S&P/TSX Equity

Income Index Fund XEI 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares MSCI Emerging

Markets Index Fund XEM 0.00725 0.03%

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iShares Jantzi Social

Index Fund XEN 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped

Financials Index Fund XFN 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares DEX Floating Rate

Note Index Fund XFR 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares DEX All Government

Bond Index Fund XGB 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares Global Completion

Portfolio Builder Fund XGC 0.12540 0.53%

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iShares S&P/TSX Global

Gold Index Fund XGD 0.22167 0.98%

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iShares Growth Core

Portfolio Builder Fund XGR 0.38415 1.60%

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iShares DEX HYBrid Bond

Index Fund XHB 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares S&P Global

Healthcare Index Fund

(CAD-Hedged) XHC 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares U.S. High Yield

Bond Index Fund (CAD-

Hedged) XHY 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped

Composite Index Fund XIC 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares S&P CNX Nifty

India Index Fund XID 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares U.S. IG Corporate

Bond Index Fund (CAD-

Hedged) XIG 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares MSCI EAFE(R) Index

Fund (CAD-Hedged) XIN 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped

Information Technology

Index Fund XIT 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares S&P/TSX 60 Index

Fund XIU 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares S&P Latin America

40 Index Fund XLA 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares DEX Long Term Bond

Index Fund XLB 0.07341 0.32%

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped

Materials Index Fund XMA 0.16449 0.87%

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iShares S&P/TSX Completion

Index Fund XMD 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares S&P/TSX North

American Preferred Stock

Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) XPF 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares NASDAQ 100 Index

Fund (CAD-Hedged) XQQ 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares DEX Real Return

Bond Index Fund XRB 0.48525 1.89%

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped

REIT Index Fund XRE 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares DEX Short Term

Bond Index Fund XSB 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares DEX Short Term

Corporate Universe +

Maple Bond Index Fund XSH 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares S&P 500 Index Fund

(CAD-Hedged) XSP 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped

Consumer Staples Index

Fund XST 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares Russell 2000(R)

Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) XSU 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares Diversified

Monthly Income Fund XTR 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped

Utilities Index Fund XUT 0.01526 0.08%

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iShares S&P/TSX Venture

Index Fund XVX 0.00000 0.00%

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iShares MSCI World Index

Fund XWD 0.00000 0.00%

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Further information on iShares funds can be found at www.iShares.ca.

Possible changes to reinvested distribution per unit amounts

The amounts shown above could change if the iShares funds experience subscriptions or redemptions prior to the December 23, 2011 ex-dividend date. BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited will issue a final press release on December 23, 2011 which will provide the final amounts.

About BlackRock(R)

BlackRock is a leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide. At September 30, 2011, BlackRock's AUM was US$3.345 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 September 30, 2011, the firm has approximately 10,200 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(R) ETFs

The iShares business is a global product leader in ETFs with over 410 funds globally across equities, fixed income and commodities, which trade on 16 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 securities 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.

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