March 12, 2013 at 12:03 PM EDT
BlackRock(R) Announces March Monthly Cash Distributions for the iShares(R) Funds

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 12, 2013) - (TSX:CAB), (TSX:CAB.A), (TSX:CBD), (TSX:CBD.A), (TSX:CBH), (TSX:CBH.A), (TSX:CBN), (TSX:CBN.A), (TSX:CBO), (TSX:CBO.A), (TSX:CBQ), (TSX:CBQ.A), (TSX:CDZ), (TSX:CDZ.A), (TSX:CEW), (TSX:CEW.A), (TSX:CGR), (TSX:CGR.A), (TSX:CHB), (TSX:CHB.A), (TSX:CHI), (TSX:CHI.A), (TSX:CIE), (TSX:CIE.A), (TSX:CIF), (TSX:CIF.A), (TSX:CJP), (TSX:CJP.A), (TSX:CLF), (TSX:CLF.A), (TSX:CLG), (TSX:CLG.A), (TSX:CLO), (TSX:CLO.A), (TSX:CLU), (TSX:CLU.A), (TSX:CLU.B), (TSX:CLU.C), (TSX:CMR), (TSX:CMR.A), (TSX:CMW), (TSX:CMW.A), (TSX:COW), (TSX:COW.A), (TSX:CPD), (TSX:CPD.A), (TSX:CRQ), (TSX:CRQ.A), (TSX:CSD), (TSX:CSD.A), (TSX:CSD.U), (TSX:CSD.V), (TSX:CUD), (TSX:CUD.A), (TSX:CVD), (TSX:CVD.A), (TSX:CWO), (TSX:CWO.A), (TSX:CWW), (TSX:CWW.A), (TSX:CYH), (TSX:CYH.A), (TSX:FIE), (TSX:FIE.A), (TSX:XBB), (TSX:XBM), (TSX:XCB), (TSX:XCG), (TSX:XCS), (TSX:XCV), (TSX:XDV), (TSX:XEB), (TSX:XEG), (TSX:XEI), (TSX:XEN), (TSX:XFN), (TSX:XFR), (TSX:XGB), (TSX:XGD), (TSX:XHB), (TSX:XHD), (TSX:XHY), (TSX:XIC), (TSX:XIG), (TSX:XIT), (TSX:XIU), (TSX:XLB), (TSX:XMA), (TSX:XMD), (TSX:XMU), (TSX:XMV), (TSX:XPF), (TSX:XRE), (TSX:XSB), (TSX:XSH), (TSX:XST), (TSX:XTR), (TSX:XUT), (TSX:XVX)

BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK), today announced the March 2013 cash distributions for iShares funds listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange which pay on a monthly and quarterly basis. Unitholders of record on March 25, 2013 will receive cash distributions payable on March 28, 2013.

Details of the "per unit" distribution amounts are as follows:

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Cash

Distribution

Fund Name Fund Ticker Per Unit ($)

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iShares Advantaged Canadian Bond Index Fund CAB 0.04600

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CAB.A 0.03600

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iShares Balanced Income CorePortfolio(TM) Fund CBD 0.04800

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CBD.A 0.02870

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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index

Fund CBH 0.07550

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CBH.A 0.06600

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iShares Balanced Growth CorePortfolio(TM) Fund CBN 0.02330

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CBN.A 0.00800

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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index

Fund CBO 0.07400

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CBO.A 0.06430

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iShares BRIC Index Fund CBQ 0.00000

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CBQ.A 0.00000

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iShares S&P(R)/TSX(R) Canadian Dividend

Aristocrats Index Fund CDZ 0.06400

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CDZ.A 0.04750

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iShares Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco Fund CEW 0.02300

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CEW.A 0.03250

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iShares Global Real Estate Index Fund CGR 0.09600

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CGR.A 0.05200

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iShares Advantaged U.S. High Yield Bond Index Fund

(CAD-Hedged) CHB 0.10900

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CHB.A 0.09900

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iShares China All-Cap Index Fund CHI 0.00000

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CHI.A 0.00000

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iShares International Fundamental Index Fund CIE 0.07200

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CIE.A 0.04300

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iShares Global Infrastructure Index Fund CIF 0.09000

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CIF.A 0.04800

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iShares Japan Fundamental Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) CJP 0.00000

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CJP.A 0.00000

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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Government Bond Index

Fund CLF 0.06250

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CLF.A 0.05310

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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Government Bond Index

Fund CLG 0.06200

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CLG.A 0.05250

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iShares Oil Sands Index Fund CLO 0.00000

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CLO.A 0.00000

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iShares US Fundamental Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) CLU 0.05700

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CLU.A 0.01300

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iShares US Fundamental Index Fund (Non-Hedged) CLU.B 0.01000

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CLU.C 0.04800

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iShares S&P/TSX Global Mining Index Fund CMW 0.05300

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CMW.A 0.02000

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iShares Global Agriculture Index Fund COW 0.00000

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COW.A 0.00000

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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Preferred Share Index

Fund CPD 0.06100

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CPD.A 0.05300

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iShares Canadian Fundamental Index Fund CRQ 0.07900

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CRQ.A 0.05300

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iShares Advantaged Short Duration High Income Fund

(CAD-Hedged) CSD 0.08300

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CSD.A 0.07500

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iShares Advantaged Short Duration High Income Fund

(USD Units) CSD.U(1) 0.08300

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CSD.V(1) 0.07500

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iShares S&P US Dividend Growers Index Fund (CAD-

Hedged) CUD 0.04000

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CUD.A 0.02200

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iShares Advantaged Convertible Bond Index Fund CVD 0.08100

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CVD.A 0.07200

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iShares Broad Emerging Markets Fund CWO 0.10000

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CWO.A 0.03800

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iShares S&P Global Water Index Fund CWW 0.06100

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CWW.A 0.02100

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iShares Global Monthly Advantaged Dividend Index

Fund CYH 0.04650

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CYH.A 0.03550

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iShares Canadian Financial Monthly Income Fund FIE 0.04000

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FIE.A 0.04000

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iShares DEX Universe Bond Index Fund XBB 0.07732

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iShares S&P/TSX Global Base Metals Index Fund XBM 0.01551

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iShares DEX All Corporate Bond Index Fund XCB 0.06033

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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Growth Index Fund XCG 0.11839

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iShares S&P/TSX SmallCap Index Fund XCS 0.09776

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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Value Index Fund XCV 0.21376

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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Dividend Index

Fund XDV 0.07751

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iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond

Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) XEB 0.06112

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index Fund XEG 0.13307

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iShares S&P/TSX Equity Income Index Fund XEI 0.08152

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iShares Jantzi Social Index Fund XEN 0.13382

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index Fund XFN 0.06798

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iShares DEX Floating Rate Note Index Fund XFR 0.02033

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iShares DEX All Government Bond Index Fund XGB 0.05000

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iShares S&P/TSX Global Gold Index Fund XGD 0.05719

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iShares DEX HYBrid Bond Index Fund XHB 0.08024

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iShares U.S. High Dividend Equity Index Fund (CAD-

Hedged) XHD 0.05141

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

Hedged) XHY 0.10665

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index Fund XIC 0.14671

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iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index Fund (CAD-

Hedged) XIG 0.06561

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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 0.16469

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iShares DEX Long Term Bond Index Fund XLB 0.06737

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Materials Index Fund XMA 0.06078

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iShares S&P/TSX Completion Index Fund XMD 0.14712

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iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility Index Fund XMU 0.07204

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iShares MSCI Canada Minimum Volatility Index Fund XMV 0.15418

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iShares S&P/TSX North American Preferred Stock

Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) XPF 0.08203

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index Fund XRE 0.06726

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iShares DEX Short Term Bond Index Fund XSB 0.06243

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iShares DEX Short Term Corporate Universe + Maple

Bond Index Fund XSH 0.05175

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Consumer Staples Index Fund XST 0.05201

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iShares Diversified Monthly Income Fund XTR 0.06000

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Utilities Index Fund XUT 0.07196

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iShares S&P/TSX Venture Index Fund XVX 0.00000

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(1) The cash distribution per unit for CSD.U and CSD.V are in U.S. Dollars.

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The March cash distributions per unit for the iShares Premium Money Market Fund are estimated to be as follows:

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Estimated Cash

Distribution

Fund Name Fund Ticker Per Unit ($)

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iShares Premium Money Market Fund CMR 0.03140

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CMR.A 0.01762

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BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited will issue a press release on March 22, 2013 which will provide the final amounts.

Further information on iShares funds can be found 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 December 31, 2012, BlackRock's AUM was US$3.792 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 December 31, 2012, the firm has approximately 10,500 employees in 30 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 the global product leader in exchange traded funds with over 600 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.

iShares(R) Funds are managed by BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited. Commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with investing in iShares Funds. Please read the relevant prospectus before investing. The Funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. Tax, investment and all other decisions should be made, as appropriate, only with guidance from a qualified professional.

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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