BlackRock Announces Designation of Successor Rate for Outstanding Auction Rate Preferred Shares

NEW YORK--()--BlackRock Advisors, LLC and the Boards of Directors/Trustees of the BlackRock Closed-End Funds today announced, effective January 1, 2013, the designation of the S&P Municipal Bond 7 Day High Grade Index as a “successor rate” to the S&P Weekly High Grade Index (formerly known as the Kenny S&P 30 Day High Grade Index) for the purposes of calculating maximum reset rates on auction rate preferred shares (“ARPS”) issued by the five BlackRock closed-end funds listed below (the “Funds”). S&P Capital IQ, which publishes the S&P Weekly High Grade Index, previously announced that it would cease production of such index effective January 1, 2013.

 
Funds         Ticker
BlackRock Municipal 2018 Term Trust         BPK
BlackRock California Municipal 2018 Term Trust         BJZ
BlackRock New York Municipal 2018 Term Trust         BLH
BlackRock Municipal 2020 Term Trust         BKK
BlackRock Florida Municipal 2020 Term Trust         BFO
 

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