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

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 12/16/11 -- (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®/TSX®
 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® 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®
 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®

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® (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 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® 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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