NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BlackRock Advisors, LLC today announced the declaration of a special distribution for BlackRock Municipal Bond Investment Trust (NYSE:BIE) and BlackRock Municipal Income Investment Trust (NYSE:BBF) (collectively, the “Funds”) in connection with the reorganization of BIE into BBF, with BBF continuing (the “Combined Fund”) as the surviving Fund (the “Reorganization”).
With respect to each of the Funds, the special distribution declared today represents undistributed net investment income earned through the effective date of the Reorganization. In order to maintain its status as a regulated investment company and to avoid the imposition of a corporate level income tax, BIE is required to declare a distribution of all of its net investment income prior to the consummation of the Reorganization as described below. Other than the special distribution announced today, BIE will declare no further distributions prior to or following the Reorganization. As this special distribution includes all net investment income earned by each Fund in earlier periods and not previously distributed, it is not indicative of the amount of the Combined Fund’s future monthly distributions.
BIE is declaring a special distribution that will be payable on June 1, 2016. The ex-dividend date for the distribution is May 11, 2016, and the record date is May 13, 2016. Accordingly, persons who are holders of record of BIE common shares on May 13, 2016 should expect to receive the distribution. The distribution payable to shareholders of BIE will be paid in cash. Common shares of BIE acquired after May 10, 2016 will not be entitled to the distribution.
BBF is declaring a special distribution that will be payable on June 1, 2016. The ex-dividend date for the distribution is May 11, 2016, and the record date is May 13, 2016. Accordingly, persons who are holders of record of BBF common shares on May 13, 2016 should expect to receive the distribution. Common shares of BBF acquired after May 10, 2016 will not be entitled to the distribution.
Common shares of BIE or BBF acquired after May 10, 2016 will not be entitled to the distributions and will not be eligible to receive a distribution until an initial distribution is declared on the Combined Fund after the closing of the Reorganization. We expect that on June 1, 2016 the Combined Fund will declare its first monthly distribution payable on July 1, 2016.
It is currently expected that the Reorganization will be completed by the open of business on the New York Stock Exchange on May 16, 2016, subject to all regulatory requirements and customary closing conditions being satisfied. The Reorganization, if completed, would occur based on the relative net asset values of the common shares of BIE and BBF. In addition, BIE preferred shareholders will receive on a one-for-one basis BBF preferred shares in an amount equal to the aggregate preferred share liquidation preference held by BIE preferred shareholders immediately prior to the Reorganization.
Distribution details are as follows:
Declaration- 5/2/2016 Ex-Date- 5/11/2016 Record- 5/13/2016 Payable- 6/1/2016
|BlackRock Municipal Bond Investment Trust||BIE||$0.220000|
|BlackRock Municipal Income Investment Trust||BBF||$0.072600|
This communication is not intended to, and shall not, constitute an offer to purchase or sell shares of any of the BlackRock funds, including BBF, the surviving fund in the Reorganization.
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