iShares Announces Changes to U.S. Fund Lineup

SAN FRANCISCO--()--iShares Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) business, the world’s largest manager of ETFs, plans to close and liquidate ten funds that make up the iShares All Country World Index (ACWI) ex-U.S. sector suite.

The following funds will be closed and liquidated based on ongoing reviews, client feedback and limited interest in ex-U.S. sector strategies:

Ticker     Name
AXDI     iShares MSCI ACWI ex U.S. Consumer Discretionary ETF
AXSL     iShares MSCI ACWI ex U.S. Consumer Staples ETF
AXEN     iShares MSCI ACWI ex U.S. Energy ETF
AXFN     iShares MSCI ACWI ex U.S. Financials ETF
AXHE     iShares MSCI ACWI ex U.S. Healthcare ETF
AXID     iShares MSCI ACWI ex U.S. Industrials ETF
AXIT     iShares MSCI ACWI ex U.S. Information Technology ETF
AXMT     iShares MSCI ACWI ex U.S. Materials ETF
AXTE     iShares MSCI ACWI ex U.S. Telecommunication Services ETF
AXUT     iShares MSCI ACWI ex U.S. Utilities ETF

After the close of business on March 25, 2014 the funds will no longer accept creation orders. Trading in the funds will be halted prior to market open on March 26, 2014. Proceeds of the liquidation are currently scheduled to be sent to shareholders on or about April 1, 2014. For more information, please see the Prospectus Supplement or call 1-800-iShares (1-800-474-2737).

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About iShares

iShares is a global product leader in exchange traded funds with over 600 funds globally across equities, fixed income and commodities, which trade on 20 exchanges worldwide. The iShares Funds are bought and sold like common stocks on securities exchanges. The iShares Funds are attractive to many individual and institutional investors and financial intermediaries because of their relative low cost and trading flexibility. Investors can purchase and sell shares through any brokerage firm, financial advisor, or online broker, and hold the funds in any type of brokerage account. The iShares customer base consists of the institutional segment of pension plans and fund managers, as well as the retail segment of financial advisors and high net worth individuals.

Carefully consider the iShares Funds’ investment objectives, risk factors, and charges and expenses before investing. This and other information can be found in the Funds’ prospectuses and, if available, summary prospectuses, which may be obtained by calling 1-800-iShares (1-800-474-2737) or by visiting Read the prospectus carefully before investing.

Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal. Transactions in shares of the iShares Funds will result in brokerage commissions and will generate tax consequences. iShares Funds are obliged to distribute portfolio gains to shareholders. Shares of the iShares Funds may be sold throughout the day on the exchange through any brokerage account. However, shares may only be redeemed directly from a Fund by Authorized Participants, in very large creation/redemption units.

The iShares Funds are distributed by BlackRock Investments, LLC (together with its affiliates, “BlackRock”).

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Diane Henry, 415-670-4567


Diane Henry, 415-670-4567