Distribution Dates and Amounts Announced for Certain BlackRock Closed-End Funds

NEW YORK--()--Certain BlackRock closed-end funds (the “Funds”) announced distributions today as detailed below. BlackRock Health Sciences Trust (NYSE:BME) also announced a special distribution.

Regular Monthly Distributions:

Declaration- 12/7/2016       Ex-Date- 12/15/2016       Record- 12/19/2016       Payable- 12/30/2016

Fund

       

Ticker

 

Distribution

 

Change From Prior

Distribution

BlackRock Resources & Commodities Strategy Trust* BCX $0.044600 -
BlackRock Enhanced Equity Dividend Trust* BDJ $0.046700 -
BlackRock Energy and Resources Trust* BGR $0.077600 -
BlackRock International Growth and Income Trust* BGY $0.038000 -
BlackRock Health Sciences Trust* BME $0.200000 -
BlackRock Enhanced Capital and Income Fund, Inc.* CII $0.082800 -
BlackRock Global Opportunities Equity Trust* BOE $0.078000 -
BlackRock Utility and Infrastructure Trust* BUI $0.121000 -
BlackRock Science and Technology Trust* BST $0.100000 -
 

Special Distributions

Declaration- 12/7/2016       Ex-Date- 12/15/2016       Record- 12/19/2016       Payable- 12/30/2016

Fund

           

Ticker

 

Distribution

 
BlackRock Health Sciences Trust* BME $0.600000
 

* In order to comply with the requirements of Section 19 of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, each of the Funds noted above posted to the DTC bulletin board and sent to its shareholders of record as of the applicable record date a Section 19 notice with the previous distribution payment. The Section 19 notice was provided for informational purposes only and not for tax reporting purposes. This information can be found in the “Closed-End Funds” section of www.blackrock.com. As applicable, the final determination of the source and tax characteristics of all distributions in 2016 will be made after the end of the year.

BlackRock Resources & Commodities Strategy Trust (NYSE:BCX), BlackRock Enhanced Equity Dividend Trust (NYSE:BDJ), BlackRock Energy and Resources Trust (NYSE:BGR), BlackRock International Growth and Income Trust (NYSE:BGY), BlackRock Health Sciences Trust (NYSE:BME), BlackRock Global Opportunities Equity Trust (NYSE:BOE), BlackRock Utility and Infrastructure Trust (NYSE:BUI), BlackRock Enhanced Capital and Income Fund, Inc. (NYSE:CII), and BlackRock Science and Technology Trust (NYSE:BST) (collectively, the “Plan Funds”) have adopted a level distribution plan (a “Plan”) and employ a managed distribution and/or 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 Plan Fund’s Board of Directors/Trustees. Under its Plan, each Plan Fund will distribute all available investment income to its shareholders, consistent with its 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, each Plan Fund will distribute long-term capital gains and/or return capital to its shareholders in order to maintain a level distribution.

The Plan Funds’ estimated sources of the distributions paid as of November 30, 2016 and for their current fiscal year are as follows:

Estimated Allocations as of November 30, 2016      
Fund     Distribution     Net Investment Income     Net Realized Short-Term Gains     Net Realized Long-Term Gains     Return of Capital
BCX1     $0.044600     $0.022836 (51%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.021764 (49%)
BDJ1     $0.046700     $0.009779 (21%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.036921 (79%)
BGR1     $0.077600     $0.058926 (76%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.018674 (24%)
BGY1     $0.038000     $0.010210 (27%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.027790 (73%)
BME     $0.200000     $0 (0%)     $0.019575 (10%)     $0.180425 (90%)     $0 (0%)
BOE1     $0.078000     $0.028908 (37%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.049092 (63%)
BUI     $0.121000     $0.121000 (100%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)
CII1     $0.082800     $0.004772 (6%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.078028 (94%)
BST1     $0.100000     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.100000 (100%)

Estimated Allocations for the Fiscal Year through November 30, 2016

     
Fund     Distribution     Net Investment Income     Net Realized Short-Term Gains     Net Realized Long-Term Gains     Return of Capital
BCX1     $0.532400     $0.137697 (26%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.394703 (74%)
BDJ1     $0.513700     $0.140444 (27%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.373256 (73%)
BGR1     $0.918400     $0.261986 (29%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.656414 (71%)
BGY1     $0.484000     $0.078951 (16%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.405049 (84%)
BME     $2.200000     $0.018229 (1%)     $0.108895 (5%)     $2.072877 (94%)     $0 (0%)
BOE1     $0.972000     $0.102557 (11%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.869443 (89%)
BUI1     $1.331000     $0.487736 (37%)     $0.032011 (2%)     $0.207991 (16%)     $0.603261 (45%)
CII1     $1.065600     $0.106331 (10%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0.959269 (90%)
BST1     $1.100000     $0.002141 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $0 (0%)     $1.097859 (100%)
1The Plan 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 Plan Fund's investment performance and should not be confused with ‘yield’ or ‘income’. When distributions exceed total return performance, the difference will reduce the Plan Fund’s net asset value per share.

The amounts and sources of distributions reported are only estimates and are not provided for tax reporting purposes. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon each Plan Fund’s investment experience during the remainder of its fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. Each Plan 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 10/31/2016 Annualized current distribution rate expressed as a percentage of NAV as of 10/31/2016 Cumulative total return (in relation to NAV) for the fiscal year through 10/31/2016 Cumulative fiscal year distributions as a percentage of NAV as of 10/31/2016
BCX   (2.73)% 5.74% 19.29% 5.23%
BDJ   9.53% 6.48% 5.64% 5.40%
BGR   (2.23)% 6.18% 14.13% 5.58%
BGY   3.60% 7.09% 0.01% 6.94%
BME   15.90% 7.58% (7.12)% 6.31%
BOE   6.62% 6.97% 1.56% 6.66%
BUI*   8.50% 7.37% 7.72% 6.14%
CII   10.36% 6.90% 2.58% 6.82%
BST*   10.92% 5.83% 10.75% 4.86%
*Portfolio launched within the past 5 years; the performance and distribution rate information presented for this Fund reflects data from inception to 10/31/2016.

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

About BlackRock

BlackRock is a global leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients. At September 30, 2016, BlackRock’s AUM was $5.1 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 September 30, 2016, the firm had approximately 13,000 employees in 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

Availability of Fund Updates

BlackRock will update performance and certain other data for the Funds on a monthly basis on its website in the “Closed-end Funds” section of www.blackrock.com as well as certain other material information as necessary from time to time. Investors and others are advised to check the website for updated performance information and the release of other material information about the Funds. This reference to BlackRock’s website is intended to allow investors public access to information regarding the Funds and does not, and is not intended to, incorporate BlackRock’s website in this release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release, and other statements that BlackRock or a Fund may make, may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, with respect to a Fund’s or BlackRock’s future financial or business performance, strategies or expectations. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as “trend,” “potential,” “opportunity,” “pipeline,” “believe,” “comfortable,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “current,” “intention,” “estimate,” “position,” “assume,” “outlook,” “continue,” “remain,” “maintain,” “sustain,” “seek,” “achieve,” and similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “may” or similar expressions.

BlackRock cautions that forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which change over time. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and BlackRock assumes no duty to and does not undertake to update forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements and future results could differ materially from historical performance.

With respect to the Funds, the following factors, among others, could cause actual events to differ materially from forward-looking statements or historical performance: (1) changes and volatility in political, economic or industry conditions, the interest rate environment, foreign exchange rates or financial and capital markets, which could result in changes in demand for the Funds or in a Fund’s net asset value; (2) the relative and absolute investment performance of a Fund and its investments; (3) the impact of increased competition; (4) the unfavorable resolution of any legal proceedings; (5) the extent and timing of any distributions or share repurchases; (6) the impact, extent and timing of technological changes; (7) the impact of legislative and regulatory actions and reforms, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and regulatory, supervisory or enforcement actions of government agencies relating to a Fund or BlackRock, as applicable; (8) terrorist activities, international hostilities and natural disasters, which may adversely affect the general economy, domestic and local financial and capital markets, specific industries or BlackRock; (9) BlackRock’s ability to attract and retain highly talented professionals; (10) the impact of BlackRock electing to provide support to its products from time to time; and (11) the impact of problems at other financial institutions or the failure or negative performance of products at other financial institutions.

Annual and Semi-Annual Reports and other regulatory filings of the Funds with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) are accessible on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and on BlackRock’s website at www.blackrock.com, and may discuss these or other factors that affect the Funds. The information contained on BlackRock’s website is not a part of this press release.

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