iShares® iBonds® Dec 2017 Term Corporate ETF Nears Final Distribution Date

ETF Shareholders to Receive Payout in December

NEW YORK--()--BlackRock (NYSE: BLK) announced today that iShares® iBonds® Dec 2017 Term Corporate ETF (NYSE: IBDJ) will, by design, cease trading at the close of U.S. market hours on December 15, 2017. Leading up to the final distribution date, the individual bonds in the ETF mature and the fund transitions into short-term, tax-exempt instruments and cash. Remaining shareholders can expect to receive the entire amount of their proceeds in cash on or after December 21, 2017, subject to their brokerage processes.

The iShares iBonds Dec 2017 Term Corporate ETF will be the fourth iShares Corporate ETF to have its underlying holdings mature. The first in the series, the iShares iBonds Mar 2016 Corporate ex-Financials ETF, closed in March 2016. There are sixteen additional iShares ETFs in the series with end dates ranging from 2018 to 2027.

iShares iBonds Term Corporate Bond ETFs are designed to offer investors exposure to investment results of an index composed of U.S. dollar-denominated, investment-grade corporate bonds maturing in 2017. Like a bond, each fund has periodic distributions of income and a predetermined date when the fund will close and distribute all proceeds out to shareholders.

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iShares® is a global leader in exchange-traded funds (ETFs), with more than a decade of expertise and commitment to individual and institutional investors of all sizes. With over 800 funds globally across multiple asset classes and strategies and more than $1.5 trillion in assets under management as of September 30, 2017, iShares helps clients around the world build the core of their portfolios, meet specific investment goals and implement market views. iShares funds are powered by the expert portfolio and risk management of BlackRock, trusted to manage more money than any other investment firm1.

1 Based on $5.977 trillion in AUM as of 9/30/17

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Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal.

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

Fixed income risks include interest-rate and credit risk. Typically, when interest rates rise, there is a corresponding decline in bond values. Credit risk refers to the possibility that the bond issuer will not be able to make principal and interest payments.

The iShares® iBonds® Corporate ETFs (“Funds”) will terminate in September or December of the year in the Fund’s name. An investment in the Fund(s) is not guaranteed, and an investor may experience losses, including near or at the termination date. In the final months of the Fund’s operation, as the bonds it holds mature, its portfolio will transition to cash and cash-like instruments. Following the Fund’s termination date, the Fund will distribute substantially all of its net assets, after deduction of any liabilities, to then-current investors without further notice and will no longer be listed or traded. The Funds do not seek to return any predetermined amount.

During the final months prior to the Fund’s planned termination date, its yield will generally tend to move toward prevailing tax-exempt money market rates, and may be lower than the yields of the bonds previously held by the Fund and lower than prevailing yields for bonds in the market. The rate of Fund distribution payments may adversely affect the tax characterization of an investor’s returns from an investment in the Fund relative to a direct investment in municipal bonds. If the amount an investor receives as liquidation proceeds upon the Fund’s termination is higher or lower than the investor’s cost basis, the investor may experience a gain or loss for tax purposes.

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Matt Kobussen, 646-231-0599


Matt Kobussen, 646-231-0599