Certain BlackRock Closed-End Funds Announce Estimated Sources of Distributions

NEW YORK--()--Today, BlackRock Resources & Commodities Strategy Trust (NYSE: BCX), BlackRock Enhanced Equity Dividend Trust (NYSE: BDJ), BlackRock Energy and Resources Trust (NYSE: BGR), BlackRock Enhanced International Dividend Trust (NYSE: BGY), BlackRock Health Sciences Trust (NYSE: BME), BlackRock Enhanced Global Dividend Trust (NYSE: BOE), BlackRock Utilities, Infrastructure & Power Opportunities Trust (NYSE: BUI), BlackRock Enhanced Capital and Income Fund, Inc. (NYSE: CII), and BlackRock Science and Technology Trust (NYSE: BST) (collectively, the “Funds”) paid the following distributions per share:

Fund     Pay Date     Per Share
BCX     December 31, 2018     $0.051600
BDJ     December 31, 2018     $0.046700
BGR     December 31, 2018     $0.077600
BGY     December 31, 2018     $0.033800
BME     December 31, 2018     $0.200000
BOE     December 31, 2018     $0.063000
BUI     December 31, 2018     $0.121000
CII     December 31, 2018     $0.082800
BST     December 31, 2018     $0.230278

Each of the Funds have adopted a managed distribution plan (the “Plan”) and employ 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 Fund’s Board of Directors/Trustees. Under its Plan, each 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, the Funds will distribute long-term capital gains and/or return capital to their shareholders in order to maintain a level distribution.

The Funds’ estimated sources of the distributions paid this month and for their current fiscal year are as follows:

Estimated Allocations as of December 31, 2018
Fund     Distribution     Net Investment Income     Net Realized Short-Term Gains     Net Realized Long-Term Gains     Return of Capital
BCX1     $0.051600     $0.014594 (28%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.037006 (72%)
BDJ     $0.046700     $0.015620 (33%)     $0 (0%)     $0.031080 (67%)     $0 (0%)
BGR1     $0.077600     $0.047140 (61%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.030460 (39%)
BGY     $0.033800     $0.011633 (34%)     $0 (0%)     $0.022167 (66%)     $0 (0%)
BME1     $0.200000     $0.012197 (6%)     $0 (0%)     $0.064060 (32%)     $0.123743 (62%)
BOE1     $0.063000     $0.023312 (37%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.039688 (63%)
BUI1     $0.121000     $0.055756 (46%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.065244 (54%)
CII1     $0.082800     $0.020317 (25%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.062483 (75%)
BST     $0.230278     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.230278 (100%)     $0 (0%)
Estimated Allocations for the Fiscal Year through December 31, 2018
Fund     Distribution     Net Investment Income     Net Realized Short-Term Gains     Net Realized Long-Term Gains     Return of Capital
BCX1     $0.619200     $0.209697 (34%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.409503 (66%)
BDJ     $0.560400     $0.177394 (32%)     $0 (0%)     $0.383006 (68%)     $0 (0%)
BGR1     $0.931200     $0.272552 (29%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.658648 (71%)
BGY     $0.443400     $0.162370 (37%)     $0 (0%)     $0.281030 (63%)     $0 (0%)
BME1     $2.400000     $0.069995 (3%)     $0 (0%)     $1.590526 (66%)     $0.739479 (31%)
BOE1     $0.846000     $0.295560 (35%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.550440 (65%)
BUI1     $1.452000     $0.474884 (33%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.977116 (67%)
CII1     $0.993600     $0.165678 (17%)     $0 (0%)     $0.128622 (13%)     $0.699300 (70%)
BST     $1.760278     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $1.760278 (100%)     $0 (0%)

1The Fund estimates that it has distributed more than its income and net-realized capital gains in the current fiscal year; therefore, a portion of your 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 the Fund's investment performance and should not be confused with ‘yield’ or ‘income’. When distributions exceed total return performance, the difference will reduce the Fund’s net asset value per share.

The amounts and sources of distributions reported are only estimates and are being provided to you pursuant to regulatory requirements and are not being provided for tax reporting purposes. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon each Fund’s investment experience during the remainder of its fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. The Fund will send you a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell you 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 11/30/2018     Annualized current distribution rate expressed as a percentage of NAV as of 11/30/2018     Cumulative total return (in relation to NAV) for the fiscal year through 11/30/2018     Cumulative fiscal year distributions as a percentage of NAV as of 11/30/2018
BCX     (0.25)%     7.19%     (10.59)%     6.59%
BDJ     8.25%     6.25%     1.15%     5.73%
BGR     (5.39)%     7.40%     (10.71)%     6.79%
BGY     0.28%     6.92%     (8.26)%     6.99%
BME     13.43%     6.51%     15.56%     5.97%
BOE     3.36%     6.68%     (4.29)%     6.92%
BUI     6.73%     7.48%     (1.16)%     6.85%
CII     9.78%     6.30%     3.42%     5.78%
BST*     16.95%     10.28%     7.14%     5.69%

* Portfolio launched within the past 5 years; the performance and distribution rate information presented for this Fund reflects data from inception to 11/30/2018.

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

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