BlackRock(R) Announces Final August Distributions on Certain Exchange-Traded Funds

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 21, 2012) - (TSX:CDZ)(TSX:CDZ.A)(TSX:CUD)(TSX:CUD.A)(TSX:CYH)(TSX:CYH.A)(TSX:FIE)(TSX:FIE.A)(TSX:CEW)(TSX:CEW.A)(TSX:CMR)(TSX:CMR.A)(TSX:CAB)(TSX:CAB.A)(TSX:CHB)(TSX:CHB.A)(TSX:CSD)(TSX:CSD.A)(TSX:CSD.U)(TSX:CSD.V)(TSX:CVD)(TSX:CVD.A)(TSX:CLF)(TSX:CLF.A)(TSX:CLG)(TSX:CLG.A)(TSX:CBO)(TSX:CBO.A)(TSX:CBH)(TSX:CBH.A)(TSX:CPD)(TSX:CPD.A)(TSX:CBD)(TSX:CBD.A)(TSX:CBN)(TSX:CBN.A)

BlackRock Investments Canada Inc., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK), today announced the final August distributions for the exchange-traded funds (ETFs) listed below. Unitholders of record on August 30, 2012 will receive cash distributions payable on September 7, 2012. Details of the "per unit" distribution amounts are as follows:

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Distribution

Trading Amount per Payment

Fund Name Symbol Unit ($) Frequency

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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend

Aristocrats Index Fund CDZ $0.0600 Monthly

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CDZ.A $0.0460 Monthly

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iShares S&P US Dividend Growers Index

Fund (CAD-Hedged) CUD $0.0440 Monthly

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CUD.A $0.0300 Monthly

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iShares Global Monthly Advantaged

Dividend Index Fund CYH $0.0465 Monthly

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CYH.A $0.0375 Monthly

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iShares Canadian Financial Monthly

Income Fund FIE $0.0400 Monthly

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FIE.A $0.0400 Monthly

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iShares Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco Fund CEW $0.0220 Monthly

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CEW.A $0.0325 Monthly

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iShares Premium Money Market Fund CMR $0.0340 Monthly

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CMR.A $0.0230 Monthly

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iShares Advantaged Canadian Bond Index

Fund CAB $0.0530 Monthly

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CAB.A $0.0450 Monthly

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iShares Advantaged U.S. High Yield Bond

Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) CHB $0.1210 Monthly

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CHB.A $0.1120 Monthly

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iShares Advantaged Short Duration High

Income Fund CSD $0.0830 Monthly

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CSD.A $0.0750 Monthly

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iShares Advantaged Short Duration High

Income Fund (USD Units) CSD.U $0.0830 Monthly

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CSD.V $0.0750 Monthly

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iShares Advantaged Convertible Bond

Index Fund CVD $0.0820 Monthly

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CVD.A $0.0740 Monthly

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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Government

Bond Index Fund CLF $0.0680 Monthly

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CLF.A $0.0590 Monthly

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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Government

Bond Index Fund CLG $0.0600 Monthly

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CLG.A $0.0510 Monthly

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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate

Bond Index Fund CBO $0.0760 Monthly

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CBO.A $0.0671 Monthly

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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate

Bond Index Fund CBH $0.0780 Monthly

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CBH.A $0.0690 Monthly

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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Preferred

Share Index Fund CPD $0.0660 Monthly

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CPD.A $0.0590 Monthly

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iShares Balanced Income

CorePortfolio(TM) Fund CBD $0.0450 Monthly

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CBD.A $0.0280 Monthly

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iShares Balanced Growth

CorePortfolio(TM) Fund CBN $0.0230 Monthly

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CBN.A $0.0100 Monthly

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The ex-dividend date for all ETFs is August 28, 2012, except for the iShares Premium Money Market Fund (CMR/CMR.A) which has an ex-dividend date of August 30, 2012.

For more information, investors should consult with their investment advisor or visit our website 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 June 30, 2012, BlackRock's AUM was $3.560 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 June 30, 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.

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.

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