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

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 23, 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 final 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 reinvested distributions do not include the fourth quarter cash distributions which were reported in a separate press release dated December 16, 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 final annual reinvested distributions per unit for each of the iShares funds.

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Final Reinvested

Distribution Per

Fund Name Fund Ticker Unit for 2011

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iShares Alternatives Completion Portfolio

Builder Fund XAL 0.33527

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iShares DEX Universe Bond Index Fund XBB 0.00000

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iShares S&P(R)/TSX(R) Global Base Metals

Index Fund XBM 0.00000

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iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund XBZ 0.00000

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iShares DEX All Corporate Bond Index Fund XCB 0.00000

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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Growth Index

Fund XCG 0.00000

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iShares China Index Fund XCH 0.00000

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iShares Conservative Core Portfolio Builder

Fund XCR 0.56956

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iShares S&P/TSX SmallCap Index Fund XCS 0.81689

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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Value Index

Fund XCV 0.22729

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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Dividend

Index Fund XDV 0.21790

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iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond

Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) XEB 0.00000

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index Fund XEG 0.00000

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iShares S&P/TSX Equity Income Index Fund XEI 0.00000

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iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund XEM 0.00753

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iShares Jantzi Social Index Fund XEN 0.00000

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index Fund XFN 0.00000

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iShares DEX Floating Rate Note Index Fund XFR 0.00000

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iShares DEX All Government Bond Index Fund XGB 0.00000

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iShares Global Completion Portfolio Builder

Fund XGC 0.12540

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iShares S&P/TSX Global Gold Index Fund XGD 0.22167

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iShares Growth Core Portfolio Builder Fund XGR 0.38415

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iShares DEX HYBrid Bond Index Fund XHB 0.00000

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iShares S&P Global Healthcare Index Fund

(CAD-Hedged) XHC 0.00000

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

Hedged) XHY 0.00000

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index Fund XIC 0.00000

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iShares S&P CNX Nifty India Index Fund XID 0.00000

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iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index Fund

(CAD-Hedged) XIG 0.00000

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iShares MSCI EAFE(R) Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) XIN 0.00000

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology

Index Fund XIT 0.00000

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iShares S&P/TSX 60 Index Fund XIU 0.00000

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iShares S&P Latin America 40 Index Fund XLA 0.00000

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iShares DEX Long Term Bond Index Fund XLB 0.07159

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Materials Index Fund XMA 0.16319

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iShares S&P/TSX Completion Index Fund XMD 0.00000

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iShares S&P/TSX North American Preferred

Stock Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) XPF 0.00000

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iShares NASDAQ 100 Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) XQQ 0.00000

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iShares DEX Real Return Bond Index Fund XRB 0.48616

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index Fund XRE 0.00000

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iShares DEX Short Term Bond Index Fund XSB 0.00000

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iShares DEX Short Term Corporate Universe +

Maple Bond Index Fund XSH 0.00000

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iShares S&P 500 Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) XSP 0.00000

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Consumer Staples Index

Fund XST 0.00000

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iShares Russell 2000(R) Index Fund (CAD-

Hedged) XSU 0.00000

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iShares Diversified Monthly Income Fund XTR 0.00000

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Utilities Index Fund XUT 0.01832

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iShares S&P/TSX Venture Index Fund XVX 0.00000

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iShares MSCI World Index Fund XWD 0.00000

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

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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