Distribution Dates and Amounts Announced for Certain BlackRock Closed-End Funds

NEW YORK--()--Certain BlackRock closed-end funds (the “Funds”) announced distributions today as detailed below. BlackRock EcoSolutions Investment Trust (NYSE:BQR) announced a distribution reduction. BQR’s distribution reduction reflects the current level of the Fund’s net assets and current and projected levels of dividend income, option premiums and volatility in the market.

As previously announced on June 16, 2014, BlackRock Real Asset Equity Trust (NYSE:BCF), BlackRock Resources and 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 Enhanced Capital and Income Fund, Inc. (NYSE:CII) and BQR have changed the frequency of regular distributions from quarterly to monthly, effective with this declaration. The monthly distributions declared today for BCF, BCX, BDJ, BGR, BGY, BME, and CII will represent an amount approximately equal to one-third of the previously declared quarterly distributions, while the monthly distribution declared today for BQR represents an amount inclusive of the distribution reduction.

As detailed in the August 1, 2014 press release, BlackRock Global Opportunities Equity Trust (NYSE:BOE), BlackRock Dividend Income Trust (NYSE:BQY), and BlackRock Utility and Infrastructure Trust (NYSE:BUI) changed the frequency of their regular distributions from quarterly to monthly effective in August, 2014.

Municipal Funds:

     
Declaration- 9/2/2014 Ex-Date-9/11/2014 Record-9/15/2014 Payable- 10/1/2014
 
     
National Funds Ticker Distribution

Change From
Prior
Distribution

BlackRock Municipal Income Quality Trust BYM $0.071500 -
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 -
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 -
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 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 MuniVest Fund, Inc. MVF $0.053500 -
 
     

State-Specific Funds

Ticker Distribution

Change From
Prior
Distribution

BlackRock California Municipal Income Trust BFZ $0.072200 -
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 -
BlackRock Maryland Municipal Bond Trust BZM $0.059500 -
BlackRock Muni New York Intermediate Duration Fund, Inc. MNE $0.057500 -
BlackRock MuniHoldings New York Quality Fund, Inc. MHN $0.069000 -
BlackRock MuniYield New York Quality Fund, Inc. MYN $0.064500 -
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 -
BlackRock MuniYield Michigan Quality Fund, Inc. MIY $0.072000 -
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 -
BlackRock Florida Municipal 2020 Term Trust BFO $0.034700 -
 

Taxable Municipal Fund:

     
Declaration-9/2/2014 Ex-Date- 9/11/2014 Record- 9/15/2014 Payable-9/30/2014
 
     
Fund Ticker Distribution

Change From
Prior
Distribution

BlackRock Build America Bond Trust BBN $0.131800 -
 

Taxable Funds:

     
Declaration- 9/2/2014 Ex-Date- 9/11/2014 Record- 9/15/2014 Payable- 9/30/2014
 
     
Fund Ticker Distribution

Change From
Prior
Distribution

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 -
 

Equity Funds:

     
Declaration- 9/2/2014 Ex-Date- 9/11/2014 Record- 9/15/2014 Payable- 9/30/2014
 
     
Fund Ticker Distribution

Change
From Prior
Distribution**

BlackRock Global Opportunities Equity Trust* BOE $0.103900 -
BlackRock Dividend Income Trust* BQY $0.076700 -
BlackRock Utility and Infrastructure Trust* BUI $0.121000 -
BlackRock Real Asset Equity Trust* BCF $0.058300 -
BlackRock Resources and Commodities Strategy Trust* BCX $0.077100 -
BlackRock Enhanced Equity Dividend Trust* BDJ $0.046700 -
BlackRock Energy and Resources Trust* BGR $0.135000 -
BlackRock International Growth and Income Trust* BGY $0.056000 -
BlackRock Health Sciences Trust* BME $0.143400 -
BlackRock EcoSolutions Investment Trust* BQR $0.050000 -0.009750
BlackRock Enhanced Capital and Income Fund, Inc.* CII $0.100000 -
 

* 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.

** The monthly distributions declared today for BCF, BCX, BDJ, BGR, BGY, BME, and CII represents an amount approximately equal to one-third of the previously declared quarterly distributions. BQR’s effective monthly distribution rate based on its previously declared quarterly distribution on June 2nd 2014 would have been $0.05975. The monthly distribution declared today for BQR represents an amount inclusive of the distribution reduction. BOE, BQY, and BUI changed the frequency of their regular distributions from quarterly to monthly effective in August, 2014.

BlackRock Enhanced Government Fund, Inc. (NYSE:EGF), BOE, BQY, BUI, BCF, BCX, BDJ, BGR, BGY, BME, BQR, and CII (collectively, the “Plan Funds”) have adopted a level distribution plan (a “Plan”) and employ 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 each Plan Fund’s Board of Directors/Trustees. Under its Plan, each Plan 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 monthly basis, each Plan Fund will distribute long-term capital gains and/or return capital to its shareholders in order to maintain a level distribution.

The Plan Funds’ estimated sources of the distributions paid as of August 29, 2014 or June 30, 2014, as applicable, and for their current fiscal year are as follows:

   
Estimated Allocations as of August 29, 2014

Plan
Fund

  Distribution  

Net Investment
Income

 

Net Realized
Short-Term Gains

 

Net Realized
Long-Term Gains

 

Return of Capital

BOE1   $0.103900   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.103900 (100%)
BQY1   $0.076700   $0.012376 (16%)   $0.008427 (11%)   $0 (0%)   $0.055897 (73%)
BUI1   $0.121000   $0.054228 (45%)   $0 (0%)   $0.037931 (31%)   $0.028841 (24%)
EGF1   $0.055000   $0.039328 (72%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.015672 (28%)
     
Estimated Allocations as of June 30, 2014

Plan
Fund

  Distribution  

Net Investment
Income

 

Net Realized
Short-Term Gains

 

Net Realized
Long-Term Gains

  Return of Capital
BCF1   $0.174800   $0.031354 (18%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.143446 (82%)
BCX1   $0.231200   $0.065993 (29%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.165207 (71%)
BDJ1   $0.140000   $0.039304 (28%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.100696 (72%)
BGR1   $0.405000   $0.099485 (25%)   $0 (0%)   $0.180809 (45%)   $0.124706 (30%)
BGY1   $0.167850   $0.047042 (28%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.120808 (72%)
BME   $0.429975   $0.011083 (3%)   $0.145670 (34%)   $0.273222 (63%)   $0 (0%)
BQR1   $0.179250   $0.038717 (22%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.140533 (78%)
CII1   $0.300000   $0.086290 (29%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.213710 (71%)
 

Estimated Allocations for the fiscal year through August 29, 2014

Plan
Fund

  Distribution  

Net Investment
Income

 

Net Realized
Short-Term Gains

 

Net Realized
Long-Term Gains

  Return of Capital
BOE1   $1.038850   $0.136996 (13%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.901854 (87%)
BQY1   $0.766700   $0.230230 (30%)   $0.008427 (1%)   $0.472146 (62%)   $0.055897 (7%)
BUI1   $1.208500   $0.471271 (39%)   $0 (0%)   $0.223447 (18%)   $0.513782 (43%)
EGF1   $0.385000   $0.297102 (77%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.087898 (23%)
 
Estimated Allocations for the fiscal year through June 30, 2014

Plan
Fund

  Distribution  

Net Investment
Income

 

Net Realized
Short-Term Gains

 

Net Realized
Long-Term Gains

  Return of Capital
BCF1   $0.524400   $0.079022 (15%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.445378 (85%)
BCX1   $0.693600   $0.145115 (21%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.548485 (79%)
BDJ1   $0.420000   $0.114067 (27%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.305933 (73%)
BGR1   $3.715000   $0.206029 (6%)   $0.507016 (14%)   $2.877249 (77%)   $0.124706 (3%)
BGY1   $0.503550   $0.100123 (20%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.403427 (80%)
BME   $3.199925   $0.036736 (1%)   $1.685668 (53%)   $1.477521 (46%)   $0 (0%)
BQR1   $0.537750   $0.069943 (13%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.467807 (87%)
CII1   $0.900000   $0.519241 (58%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.380759 (42%)
 

1 The Plan Fund 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 a Plan Fund’s investment performance and should not be confused with ‘yield’ or ‘income’. When distributions exceed total return performance, the difference will reduce the Plan 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 Plan Fund’s investment experience during the remainder of its fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. Each Plan Fund 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.

 
Plan Fund Performance and Distribution Rate Information:

Plan
Fund

 

Average annual total
return (in relation to
NAV) for the 5-year
period ending on
07/31/2014

 

Annualized current
distribution rate
expressed as a
percentage of NAV as
of 07/31/2014

 

Cumulative total return
(in relation to NAV) for
the fiscal year through
07/31/2014

 

Cumulative fiscal
year distributions
as a percentage
of NAV as of
07/31/2014

BCF   7.84%   6.64%   8.92%   4.98%
BCX*   (0.77)%   6.66%   8.68%   4.99%
BDJ   12.52%   6.17%   7.53%   4.63%
BGR   14.19%   5.71%   8.78%   13.09%
BGY   7.30%   7.93%   (0.53)%   5.95%
BME   17.62%   4.67%   15.39%   8.69%
BOE   9.02%   7.79%   2.16%   5.84%
BQR   6.65%   7.92%   5.51%   5.94%
BQY   10.81%   6.31%   6.66%   4.73%
BUI*   13.57%   6.56%   12.91%   4.91%
CII   13.61%   7.69%   8.57%   5.77%
EGF   3.84%   4.36%   2.35%   2.18%
       

* Portfolio launched within the past 5 years; this represents the average annual total return (in relation to NAV) from inception to 7/31/2014.

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

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Forward-Looking Statements

This press release, and other statements that BlackRock or the Funds may make, may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, with respect to the Funds 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 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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