NEW YORK--()--On January 2, 2013, each of BlackRock Municipal 2018 Term Trust (NYSE: BPK), BlackRock California Municipal 2018 Term Trust (NYSE: BJZ), BlackRock New York Municipal 2018 Term Trust (NYSE: BLH), BlackRock Municipal 2020 Term Trust (NYSE: BKK) and BlackRock Florida Municipal 2020 Term Trust (NYSE: BFO), the five BlackRock closed-end term trusts with auction rate preferred shares (“ARPS”) outstanding (the “Term Trusts”), announced partial redemptions of their respective ARPS. On January 8, 2013, BFO, BKK and BLH announced additional partial redemptions of their respective ARPS.
Term Trusts are a unique sub-set of closed-end funds which have (i) a defined maturity date at which time the Term Trust will liquidate and distribute proceeds to investors and (ii) an investment objective to seek to (a) provide current income exempt from regular Federal income tax (and state income tax, as applicable) and (b) return the Term Trust’s initial public offering price to common shareholders on or about the Term Trust’s stated maturity date. With respect to BPK, BJZ and BLH, the stated maturity is on or about December 31, 2018; with respect to BKK and BFO, the stated maturity is on or about December 31, 2020. In all cases, the initial public offering price target for each Term Trust is $15.00 per common share.
The structure and objectives of a Term Trust involve additional factors that the Boards of Trustees of the Term Trusts (the "Boards") and BlackRock continually consider as they evaluate options to provide liquidity to ARPS holders. These factors include, among others, the current cost, terms and availability of alternative financing for the Term Trusts and the consideration of any potential impact an ARPS-related action may have on a Term Trust’s ability to achieve its investment objectives (including the objective of returning the initial public offering price to common shareholders at maturity).
With consideration of these unique factors in the context of each Term Trust’s portfolio and current and projected market conditions, BlackRock and the Boards currently intend to provide liquidity to ARPS holders from time-to-time over the remaining term of each Term Trust consistent with the best interest of each Term Trust and its shareholders. The amount and timing of such liquidity will likely differ for each Term Trust and are expected to be influenced by, among other factors, the amount and timing of securities that mature at par and securities that are called by their issuers prior to their maturity dates. BlackRock and the Boards continue to actively evaluate options to provide liquidity to ARPS holders and may in the future continue to determine to provide liquidity in advance of a Term Trust’s scheduled maturity date, although there is no guarantee that liquidity will be provided for all or a portion of a particular Term Trust’s ARPS before such time. If liquidity for ARPS is not provided sooner, each Term Trust will provide liquidity for all ARPS then outstanding at its respective maturity.
Since February 2008, BlackRock and the Boards have been able to provide liquidity of ARPS totaling approximately $9.47 billion across taxable and tax-exempt closed-end funds (approximately 96.4% of the total ARPS then-outstanding). BlackRock will continue to keep market participants and shareholders informed of each Term Trust’s progress to provide liquidity for ARPS via press releases and on BlackRock’s website at www.blackrock.com.
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This press release, and other statements that BlackRock or the Term Trusts may make, may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, with respect to the Term Trusts or BlackRock’s future financial or business performance, strategies or expectations. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as “trend,” “potential,” “opportunity,” “pipeline,” “believe,” “comfortable,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “current,” “intention,” “estimate,” “position,” “assume,” “outlook,” “continue,” “remain,” “maintain,” “sustain,” “seek,” “achieve,” and similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “may” or similar expressions.
BlackRock cautions that forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which change over time. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and BlackRock assumes no duty to and does not undertake to update forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements and future results could differ materially from historical performance.
With respect to the Term Trusts, the following factors, among others, could cause actual events to differ materially from forward-looking statements or historical performance: (1) changes and volatility in political, economic or industry conditions, the interest rate environment, foreign exchange rates or financial and capital markets, which could result in changes in demand for the Term Trusts or in a Term Trust’s net asset value; (2) the relative and absolute investment performance of a Term Trust and its investments; (3) the impact of increased competition; (4) the unfavorable resolution of any legal proceedings; (5) the extent and timing of any distributions or share repurchases; (6) the impact, extent and timing of technological changes; (7) the impact of legislative and regulatory actions and reforms, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and regulatory, supervisory or enforcement actions of government agencies relating to a Term Trust or BlackRock, as applicable; (8) terrorist activities, international hostilities and natural disasters, which may adversely affect the general economy, domestic and local financial and capital markets, specific industries or BlackRock; (9) BlackRock’s ability to attract and retain highly talented professionals; (10) the impact of BlackRock electing to provide support to its products from time to time; and (11) the impact of problems at other financial institutions or the failure or negative performance of products at other financial institutions.
Annual and Semi-Annual Reports and other regulatory filings of a Term Trust with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) are accessible on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and on BlackRock’s website at www.blackrock.com, and may discuss these or other factors that affect the Term Trusts. The information contained on BlackRock’s website is not a part of this press release.