The BlackRock Closed-End Trusts today announced the results of the Joint Special Meeting of Stockholders that was convened at 2:00 p.m. on August 23, 2006 for the following purposes:
1. For shareholders of each Trust, to approve a new management agreement; 2. For shareholders of each of the Trusts that has entered into a sub-advisory agreement, to approve a new investment sub-advisory agreement; and 3. To transact such other business as may properly come before the Joint Special Meeting or any adjournments or postponements thereof.
At this Joint Special Meeting each proposal was passed for 54 of the 56 Trusts and the Special Meeting was adjourned for two of the Trusts, BlackRock World Investment Trust (NYSE:BWC) and The BlackRock California Investment Quality Municipal Trust, Inc. (AMEX:RAA). The Special Meeting of each of BWC and RAA has been adjourned until Friday, September 8, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. (Eastern Time). The meetings will reconvene at BlackRock, Park Avenue Plaza, 55 East 52nd Street, 11th floor Room D, New York, New York 10055.
BlackRock is one of the largest publicly traded investment management firms in the United States with approximately $464.1 billion of assets under management at June 30, 2006. BlackRock manages assets on behalf of institutional and individual investors worldwide through a variety of equity, fixed income, cash management and alternative investment products. In addition, BlackRock provides risk management, investment system outsourcing and financial advisory services to a growing number of institutional investors. Headquartered in New York City, the firm serves clients from offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia. BlackRock is majority owned by The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. and by BlackRock employees. For additional information, please visit BlackRock's website at www.blackrock.com.
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