BlackRock Announces Changes to U.S. iShares Fund Lineup

BlackRock iShare FundsNEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) plans to close and liquidate the following U.S. iShares ETFs based on an ongoing process to review its product lineup and ensure it meets the evolving needs of its clients.

Ticker ETF Name

Inception
Date

Emerging Markets
EEML iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Latin America ETF

1/18/2012
EMHZ iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Horizon ETF

10/14/2014
Enhanced
IEIL iShares Enhanced International Large-Cap ETF

2/25/2014
IELG iShares Enhanced U.S. Large-Cap ETF

4/16/2013
IEIS iShares Enhanced International Small-Cap ETF

2/25/2014
IESM iShares Enhanced U.S. Small-Cap ETF

4/16/2013
Fixed Income
ITIP iShares International Inflation-Linked Bond ETF

5/18/2011
GTIP iShares Global Inflation-Linked Bond ETF

5/18/2011
QLTB iShares Baa – Ba Rated Corporate Bond ETF

4/24/2012
QLTC iShares B – Ca Rated Corporate Bond ETF

4/24/2012

1 Assets under management (AUM) as of June 15, 2016.

After the close of business on August 23, 2016, subject to applicable law, the funds will no longer accept creation orders. Trading in the funds will be suspended prior to market open on August 24, 2016. Proceeds of the liquidation are currently scheduled to be sent to shareholders on or about September 2, 2016. For more information, please call 1-800-iShares (1-800-474-2737).

About BlackRock

BlackRock is a global leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients. At March 31, 2016, BlackRock’s AUM was $4.737 trillion. BlackRock helps clients around the world meet their goals and overcome challenges with a range of products that include separate accounts, mutual funds, iShares® (exchange-traded funds), and other pooled investment vehicles. BlackRock also offers risk management, advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of institutional investors through BlackRock Solutions®. As of March 31, 2016, the firm had approximately 13,000 employees in more than 30 countries and a major presence in global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and Africa. For additional information, please visit the Company’s website at www.blackrock.com | Twitter: @blackrock_news | Blog:www.blackrockblog.com | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/blackrock

About iShares

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 700 funds globally across multiple asset classes and strategies and more than $1 trillion in assets under management as of March 31, 2016, 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 firm.2

2 Based on $4.77 trillion in AUM as of March 31, 2015.

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 www.iShares.com. Read the prospectus carefully before investing.

Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal.

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

The iShares Funds are not sponsored, endorsed, issued, sold or promoted by MSCI Inc., nor does this company make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in the Funds. BlackRock is not affiliated with MSCI Inc..

©2016 BlackRock. All rights reserved. iSHARES and BLACKROCK are registered trademarks of BlackRock. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. iS-18584

Contacts

BlackRock, Inc.
Melissa Garville, 212-810-5528
Melissa.Garville@blackrock.com
or
Paul Young, 212-810-8142
Paul.Young@blackrock.com

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