NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Certain BlackRock closed-end funds (the “Funds”) announced distributions today as detailed below.
Several of the municipal Funds and one taxable Fund announced distribution changes. Generally, these distribution changes were made in order to better align the Funds’ distribution rates with their current and projected level of earnings. BlackRock Municipal Target Term Trust (NYSE:BTT), a term trust that matures on or about December 31, 2030, announced a distribution reduction. BTT’s distribution reduction reflects the Fund’s current and projected earnings potential when considering BTT’s investment objective of returning $25 per common share (the initial public offering price per common share) to common shareholders at maturity.
|Declaration- 7/1/2014||Ex-Date- 7/11/2014||Record- 7/15/2014||
|BlackRock Municipal Income Quality Trust||BYM||$0.071500||-0.005500|
|BlackRock Municipal Income Investment Quality Trust||BAF||$0.068500||-|
|BlackRock Long-Term Municipal Advantage Trust||BTA||$0.062000||-|
|BlackRock Muni Intermediate Duration Fund, Inc.||MUI||$0.068500||-|
|BlackRock MuniAssets Fund, Inc.||MUA||$0.062500||-|
|BlackRock Municipal Income Investment Trust||BBF||$0.072375||-|
|BlackRock Municipal Bond Trust||BBK||$0.082000||-|
|BlackRock Municipal Income Trust||BFK||$0.075100||-|
|BlackRock Municipal Bond Investment Trust||BIE||$0.076000||-|
|BlackRock Municipal 2020 Term Trust||BKK||$0.054000||-0.008250|
|BlackRock Municipal Income Trust II||BLE||$0.082000||-|
|BlackRock Investment Quality Municipal Trust, Inc.||BKN||$0.080000||-|
|BlackRock Municipal 2018 Term Trust||BPK||$0.053500||-|
|BlackRock Municipal Target Term Trust*||BTT||$0.080000||-0.013750|
|The BlackRock Strategic Municipal Trust||BSD||$0.074000||-|
|BlackRock MuniEnhanced Fund, Inc.||MEN||$0.060500||-|
|BlackRock MuniHoldings Investment Quality Fund||MFL||$0.071500||-|
|BlackRock MuniYield Investment Quality Fund||MFT||$0.071000||-|
|BlackRock MuniHoldings Fund, Inc.||MHD||$0.088500||-|
|BlackRock MuniYield Quality Fund II, Inc.||MQT||$0.070500||-|
|BlackRock MuniYield Quality Fund, Inc.||MQY||$0.080000||-|
|BlackRock MuniHoldings Quality Fund II, Inc.||MUE||$0.070500||-|
|BlackRock MuniHoldings Fund II, Inc.||MUH||$0.083000||-|
|BlackRock MuniHoldings Quality Fund, Inc.||MUS||$0.067500||-|
|BlackRock MuniVest Fund, Inc.||MVF||$0.053500||-0.003000|
|BlackRock MuniVest Fund II, Inc.||MVT||$0.088500||-|
|BlackRock MuniYield Fund, Inc.||MYD||$0.080500||-|
|BlackRock MuniYield Investment Fund||MYF||$0.079000||-|
|BlackRock MuniYield Quality Fund III, Inc.||MYI||$0.074000||-|
|BlackRock California Municipal Income Trust||BFZ||$0.072200||- 0.005500|
|BlackRock California Municipal 2018 Term Trust||BJZ||$0.042500||-|
|BlackRock MuniHoldings California Quality Fund, Inc.||MUC||$0.071500||-|
|BlackRock MuniYield California Fund, Inc.||MYC||$0.079000||-|
|BlackRock MuniYield California Quality Fund, Inc.||MCA||$0.073000||- 0.003000|
|BlackRock Maryland Municipal Bond Trust||BZM||$0.059500||-|
|BlackRock Muni New York Intermediate Duration Fund, Inc.||MNE||$0.057500||-0.003500|
|BlackRock MuniHoldings New York Quality Fund, Inc.||MHN||$0.069000||-0.002000|
|BlackRock MuniYield New York Quality Fund, Inc.||MYN||$0.064500||-0.003500|
|BlackRock New York Municipal 2018 Term Trust||BLH||$0.027800||-|
|BlackRock New York Municipal Income Quality Trust||BSE||$0.062500||-|
|BlackRock New York Municipal Bond Trust||BQH||$0.066500||-|
|BlackRock New York Municipal Income Trust||BNY||$0.069000||-|
|BlackRock New York Municipal Income Trust II||BFY||$0.070000||-|
|BlackRock MuniHoldings New Jersey Quality Fund, Inc.||MUJ||$0.074000||-|
|BlackRock MuniYield New Jersey Fund, Inc.||MYJ||$0.075000||-|
|BlackRock MuniYield New Jersey Quality Fund, Inc.||MJI||$0.074000||-|
|BlackRock New Jersey Municipal Income Trust||BNJ||$0.075100||-|
|BlackRock New Jersey Municipal Bond Trust||BLJ||$0.074500||-|
|BlackRock MuniYield Arizona Fund, Inc.||MZA||$0.069500||-|
|BlackRock MuniYield Michigan Quality Fund II, Inc.||MYM||$0.066000||-0.001500|
|BlackRock MuniYield Michigan Quality Fund, Inc.||MIY||$0.072000||-0.002000|
|BlackRock MuniYield Pennsylvania Quality Fund||MPA||$0.074000||-|
|The BlackRock Pennsylvania Strategic Municipal Trust||BPS||$0.061000||-|
|BlackRock Virginia Municipal Bond Trust||BHV||$0.071500||-|
|BlackRock Massachusetts Tax-Exempt Trust||MHE||$0.062500||-|
Taxable Municipal Fund:
|Declaration- 7/1/2014||Ex-Date- 7/11/2014||Record- 7/15/2014||Payable- 7/31/2014|
|BlackRock Build America Bond Trust||BBN||$0.131800||-|
|Declaration- 7/1/2014||Ex-Date- 7/11/2014||Record- 7/15/2014||Payable- 7/31/2014|
|BlackRock Floating Rate Income Trust||BGT||$0.069500||-|
|BlackRock Core Bond Trust||BHK||$0.075500||-|
|BlackRock Defined Opportunity Credit Trust||BHL||$0.060500||-|
|BlackRock Multi-Sector Income Trust||BIT||$0.116700||-|
|BlackRock Income Trust, Inc.||BKT||$0.035000||-|
|BlackRock Limited Duration Income Trust||BLW||$0.099500||-|
|BlackRock Income Opportunity Trust, Inc.||BNA||$0.059500||-|
|BlackRock Credit Allocation Income Trust||BTZ||$0.080500||-|
|BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund, Inc.||DSU||$0.025000||-|
|BlackRock Enhanced Government Fund, Inc.*||EGF||$0.055000||-|
|BlackRock Floating Rate Income Strategies Fund, Inc.||FRA||$0.070000||-|
|BlackRock Corporate High Yield Fund, Inc.||HYT||$0.075500||- 0.005000|
* In order to comply with the requirements of Section 19 of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, each of the Funds noted above posted to the DTC bulletin board and sent to their shareholders of record as of the applicable record date a Section 19 notice with the previous distribution payment. The Section 19 notice was provided for informational purposes only and not for tax reporting purposes. This information can be found in the “Closed-End Funds” section of www.blackrock.com. As applicable, the final determination of the source and tax characteristics of all distributions in 2014 will be made after the end of the year.
BlackRock Enhanced Government Fund, Inc. (NYSE:EGF) has adopted a level distribution plan (the “Plan”) and employs a managed distribution and/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 EGF’s Board of Directors. Under the Plan, EGF will distribute all available investment income to its shareholders, consistent with its primary investment objective and as required by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. If sufficient investment income is not available on a monthly basis, EGF will distribute long-term capital gains and/or return capital to its shareholders in order to maintain a level distribution.
EGF’s estimated sources of the distributions paid as of June 30, 2014 and for its current fiscal year are as follows:
|Estimated Allocations as of June 30, 2014|
|Return of Capital|
|EGF1||$0.055000||$0.038220 (69%)||$0 (0%)||$0 (0%)||$0.016780 (31%)|
|Estimated Allocations for the fiscal year through June 30, 2014|
|Return of Capital|
|EGF1||$0.275000||$0.216489 (79%)||$0 (0%)||$0 (0%)||$0.058511 (21%)|
1 EGF estimates that it has distributed more than its income and net realized capital gains in the current fiscal year; therefore, a portion of the 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 EGF’s investment performance and should not be confused with ‘yield’ or ‘income’. When distributions exceed total return performance, the difference will reduce EGF’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 EGF’s investment experience during the remainder of its fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. EGF will send its shareholders a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell its shareholders how to report these distributions for federal income tax purposes.
|Fund Performance and Distribution Rate Information:|
|Fund||Average annual total return (in relation to NAV) for the 5-year period ending on 05/31/2014||Annualized current distribution rate expressed as a percentage of NAV as of 05/31/2014||Cumulative total return (in relation to NAV) for the fiscal year through 05/31/2014||Cumulative fiscal year distributions as a percentage of NAV as of 05/31/2014|
Shareholders should not draw any conclusions about EGF’s investment performance from the amount of EGF’s current distributions or from the terms of the 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.
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