Certain BlackRock Closed-End Funds Announce Estimated Sources of Distributions

NEW YORK--()--Today, BlackRock Real Asset Equity Trust (NYSE:BCF), BlackRock Resources & Commodities Strategy Trust (NYSE:BCX), BlackRock Enhanced Equity Dividend Trust (NYSE:BDJ), BlackRock Energy and Resources Trust (NYSE:BGR), BlackRock International Growth and Income Trust (NYSE:BGY), BlackRock Health Sciences Trust (NYSE:BME), BlackRock EcoSolutions Investment Trust (NYSE:BQR) and BlackRock Enhanced Capital and Income Fund, Inc. (NYSE:CII) (collectively, the “Funds”) paid the following dividends per share:

 
Fund     Pay Date     Per Share
BCF     December 31, 2013     $0.174800
BCX     December 31, 2013     $0.231200
BDJ     December 31, 2013     $0.140000
BGR     December 31, 2013     $2.905000
BGY     December 31, 2013     $0.167850
BME     December 31, 2013     $2.339975
BQR     December 31, 2013     $0.179250
CII     December 31, 2013     $0.300000
 

Each of the Funds has adopted a level distribution plan (the “Plan”) and employs either a managed distribution or an option over-write policy to support a level distribution of income, capital gains and/or return of capital. The fixed amounts distributed per share are subject to change at the discretion of each Fund’s Board. Under its Plan, each Fund will distribute all available investment income to its shareholders, consistent with its primary investment objectives and as required by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. If sufficient investment income is not available on a quarterly/monthly basis, the Funds will distribute long-term capital gains and/or return capital to their shareholders in order to maintain a level distribution.

The Funds’ estimated sources of the distributions paid this month and for their current fiscal years are as follows:

 
Estimated Allocations as of December 31, 2013
Fund     Distribution    

Net Investment
Income

   

Net Realized Short-
Term Gains

   

Net Realized
Long-Term Gains

    Return of Capital
BCF1     $0.174800     $0.017523 (10%)     $0 (0%)     $0.027993 (16%)     $0.129284 (74%)
BCX1     $0.231200     $0.04274 (18%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.18846 (82%)
BDJ1     $0.140000     $0.041134 (29%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.098866 (71%)
BGR     $2.905000     $0.023898 (1%)     $0.352814 (12%)    

$2.528288 (87%)

    $0 (0%)
BGY1     $0.167850     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.167850 (100%)
BME     $2.339975     $0.078769 (3%)     $0.740931 (32%)     $1.520274 (65%)     $0 (0%)
BQR1     $0.179250     $0.007304 (4%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.171946 (96%)
CII1     $0.300000     $0.047219 (16%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.252781 (84%)
 
 
Estimated Allocations for the fiscal year through December 31, 2013
Trust     Distribution    

Net Investment
Income

   

Net Realized Short-
Term Gains

   

Net Realized
Long-Term Gains

    Return of Capital
BCF1     $0.174800     $0.017523 (10%)     $0 (0%)     $0.027993 (16%)     $0.129284 (74%)
BCX1     $0.231200     $0.04274 (18%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.18846 (82%)
BDJ1     $0.140000     $0.041134 (29%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.098866 (71%)
BGR     $2.905000     $0.023898 (1%)     $0.352814 (12%)     $2.528288 (87%)     $0 (0%)
BGY1     $0.167850     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.167850 (100%)
BME     $2.339975     $0.078769 (3%)     $0.740931 (32%)     $1.520274 (65%)     $0 (0%)
BQR1     $0.179250     $0.007304 (4%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.171946 (96%)
CII1     $0.300000     $0.047219 (16%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.252781 (84%)
 

1The Fund estimates that it has distributed more than its income and net-realized capital gains in the current fiscal year; therefore, a portion of your distribution may be a return of capital. A return of capital may occur, for example, when some or all of the shareholder’s investment is paid back to the shareholder. A return of capital distribution does not necessarily reflect a Fund's investment performance and should not be confused with ‘yield’ or ‘income’. When distributions exceed total return performance, the difference will reduce the Fund’s net asset value per share.

The amounts and sources of distributions reported are only estimates and are not provided for tax reporting purposes. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon each Fund’s investment experience during the remainder of its fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. The Fund will send you a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell you how to report these distributions for federal income tax purposes.

 
Fund Performance and Distribution Rate Information:
Trust    

Average annual
total return (in
relation to NAV) for
the 5-year period
ending on
11/30/2013

   

Annualized current
distribution rate
expressed as a
percentage of NAV as of
11/30/2013

   

Cumulative total
return (in relation
to NAV) for the
fiscal year
through
11/30/2013

   

Cumulative fiscal
year distributions
as a percentage of
NAV as of
11/30/2013

BCF     13.91%     7.00%     (2.44)%     1.75%
BCX *     (3.97)%     6.83%     0.07%     1.71%
BDJ     11.09%     6.17%     2.14%     1.54%
BGR     18.29%     5.47%     (1.79)%     9.82%
BGY     12.64%     7.37%     0.66%     1.84%
BME     19.32%     4.77%     3.29%     6.49%
BQR     10.71%     7.84%     (0.11)%     1.96%
CII     17.17%     7.70%     1.83%     1.92%
 

* Portfolio launched within the past 5 years; this represents the average annual total return (in relation to NAV) from inception to 1/30/2013.

Shareholders should not draw any conclusions about a Fund’s investment performance from the amount of the Fund’s current distributions or from the terms of the Fund’s Plan.

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With respect to the Funds, 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 Funds or in a Fund’s net asset value; (2) the relative and absolute investment performance of a Fund 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 Fund 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 Fund 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 Funds. The information contained on BlackRock’s website is not a part of this press release.

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