BlackRock(R) Announces March Monthly Cash Distributions for the iShares(R) Funds

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/12/13 -- (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
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CAB.A      0.03600
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iShares Balanced Income CorePortfolio™ Fund              CBD      0.04800
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CBD.A      0.02870
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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index
 Fund                                                       CBH      0.07550
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CBH.A      0.06600
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iShares Balanced Growth CorePortfolio™ Fund              CBN      0.02330
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CBN.A      0.00800
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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index
 Fund                                                       CBO      0.07400
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CBO.A      0.06430
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iShares BRIC Index Fund                                     CBQ      0.00000
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CBQ.A      0.00000
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iShares S&P®/TSX® Canadian Dividend
 Aristocrats Index Fund                                     CDZ      0.06400
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CDZ.A      0.04750
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iShares Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco Fund                     CEW      0.02300
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CEW.A      0.03250
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iShares Global Real Estate Index Fund                       CGR      0.09600
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CGR.A      0.05200
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iShares Advantaged U.S. High Yield Bond Index Fund
 (CAD-Hedged)                                               CHB      0.10900
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CHB.A      0.09900
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iShares China All-Cap Index Fund                            CHI      0.00000
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CHI.A      0.00000
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iShares International Fundamental Index Fund                CIE      0.07200
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CIE.A      0.04300
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iShares Global Infrastructure Index Fund                    CIF      0.09000
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CIF.A      0.04800
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iShares Japan Fundamental Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)           CJP      0.00000
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CJP.A      0.00000
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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Government Bond Index
 Fund                                                       CLF      0.06250
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CLF.A      0.05310
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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Government Bond Index
 Fund                                                       CLG      0.06200
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CLG.A      0.05250
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iShares Oil Sands Index Fund                                CLO      0.00000
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CLO.A      0.00000
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iShares US Fundamental Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)              CLU      0.05700
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CLU.A      0.01300
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iShares US Fundamental Index Fund (Non-Hedged)            CLU.B      0.01000
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CLU.C      0.04800
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iShares S&P/TSX Global Mining Index Fund                    CMW      0.05300
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CMW.A      0.02000
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iShares Global Agriculture Index Fund                       COW      0.00000
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          COW.A      0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Preferred Share Index
 Fund                                                       CPD      0.06100
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CPD.A      0.05300
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iShares Canadian Fundamental Index Fund                     CRQ      0.07900
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CRQ.A      0.05300
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iShares Advantaged Short Duration High Income Fund
 (CAD-Hedged)                                               CSD      0.08300
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CSD.A      0.07500
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iShares Advantaged Short Duration High Income Fund
 (USD Units)                                           CSD.U(1)      0.08300
                                                  --------------------------
                                                       CSD.V(1)      0.07500
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iShares S&P US Dividend Growers Index Fund (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                    CUD      0.04000
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CUD.A      0.02200
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iShares Advantaged Convertible Bond Index Fund              CVD      0.08100
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CVD.A      0.07200
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iShares Broad Emerging Markets Fund                         CWO      0.10000
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CWO.A      0.03800
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iShares S&P Global Water Index Fund                         CWW      0.06100
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CWW.A      0.02100
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iShares Global Monthly Advantaged Dividend Index
 Fund                                                       CYH      0.04650
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          CYH.A      0.03550
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iShares Canadian Financial Monthly Income Fund              FIE      0.04000
                                                  --------------------------
                                                          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.

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
                                            --------------------------------
                                                       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® (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®. 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® 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® 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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