BlackRock Advisors, LLC announced today that, at a special meeting of shareholders of BlackRock Credit Allocation Income Trust I, Inc. (NYSE:PSW), BlackRock Credit Allocation Income Trust II, Inc. (NYSE:PSY), BlackRock Credit Allocation Income Trust III (NYSE:BPP) and BlackRock Credit Allocation Income Trust IV (NYSE:BTZ) (collectively, the “Funds”) held today, shareholders of the Funds have approved the reorganization of each of PSW, PSY and BPP into BTZ, with BTZ continuing as the surviving fund (each, a “Reorganization”). It is currently expected that the Reorganizations will be effective with the open for business of the New York Stock Exchange on December 10, 2012, subject to all regulatory requirements and customary closing conditions being satisfied. The Reorganizations, if completed, would occur based on the relative net asset values of (i) PSW and BTZ, (ii) PSY and BTZ and (iii) BPP and BTZ, respectively.
At the special meeting, shareholders of each of the Funds also approved the removal of certain fundamental investment policies with respect to concentration of each Fund’s investments in the financial services sector or in companies engaged in providing financial services, as applicable (each, a “Concentration Policy”) and an amendment to each Fund’s fundamental investment restriction regarding industry concentration, as described in the Funds’ definitive Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus.
The removal of each Fund’s Concentration Policy and the amendment to each Fund’s fundamental investment restriction (each, a “Concentration Policy Amendment”) are effective as of today’s date.
Additional Information about the Reorganizations and the Concentration Policy Amendments and Where to Find It
This press release is not intended to, and does not, constitute an offer to purchase or sell shares of any of the Funds; nor is this press release intended to solicit a proxy from any shareholder of any of the Funds. The solicitation of the purchase or sale of securities or of proxies to effect each Reorganization and each Concentration Policy Amendment will only be made by a final, effective Registration Statement, which includes a definitive Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus, after the Registration Statement is declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).
This press release references a Registration Statement, which includes a Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus, to be filed by the Funds. This Registration Statement has yet to be filed with the SEC. After the Registration Statement is filed with the SEC, it may be amended or withdrawn and the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus will not be distributed to shareholders of the Funds unless and until the Registration Statement is declared effective by the SEC.
The Funds and their respective trustees, officers and employees, and BlackRock, and its shareholders, officers and employees and other persons may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies with respect to the Reorganizations and the Concentration Policy Amendments. Investors and shareholders may obtain more detailed information regarding the direct and indirect interests of the Funds' respective trustees, officers and employees, and BlackRock and its shareholders, officers and employees and other persons by reading the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus relating to the Reorganizations and the Concentration Policy Amendments when it is filed with the SEC.
INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF THE FUNDS ARE URGED TO READ THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUSES AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THESE DOCUMENTS WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE REORGANIZATIONS AND THE CONCENTRATION POLICY AMENDMENTS. INVESTORS SHOULD CONSIDER THE INVESTMENT OBJECTIVES, RISKS, CHARGES AND EXPENSES OF THE FUNDS CAREFULLY. THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUSES WILL CONTAIN INFORMATION WITH RESPECT TO THE INVESTMENT OBJECTIVES, RISKS, CHARGES AND EXPENSES OF THE FUNDS AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE FUNDS. The Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus will not constitute an offer to sell securities, nor will it constitute a solicitation of an offer to buy securities, in any state where such offer or sale is not permitted.
Security holders may obtain free copies of the Registration Statement and Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other documents (when they become available) filed with the SEC at the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov. In addition, free copies of the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC may also be obtained by directing a request to BlackRock at (800) 882-0052.
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