BlackRock Equity Option Closed-End Funds Announce Change of Fiscal Year-End
BlackRock Advisors, LLC today announced that the Boards of Directors/Trustees of eleven BlackRock equity option closed-end funds (the “Funds”) have approved a change of the fiscal year-end of each of the Funds from October 31st to December 31st. This change will be effective following the October 31, 2014 fiscal year-end. BlackRock believes making this change will better align the fiscal year-end of each of the Funds with the shareholder tax reporting cycle. A list of the Funds is provided below.
|BlackRock Real Asset Equity Trust||BCF|
|BlackRock Resources & Commodities Strategy Trust||BCX|
|BlackRock Enhanced Equity Dividend Trust||BDJ|
|BlackRock Energy and Resources Trust||BGR|
|BlackRock International Growth and Income Trust||BGY|
|BlackRock Health Sciences Trust||BME|
|BlackRock Global Opportunities Equity Trust||BOE|
|BlackRock EcoSolutions Investment Trust||BQR|
|BlackRock Dividend Income Trust||BQY|
|BlackRock Utility and Infrastructure Trust||BUI|
|BlackRock Enhanced Capital and Income Fund, Inc.||CII|
As announced on July 30th, 2014, the Board of Directors/Trustees approved the reorganization of certain equity option closed-end funds. The reorganizations of BlackRock Real Asset Equity Trust (NYSE:BCF) and BlackRock EcoSolutions Investment Trust (NYSE:BQR) into BlackRock Resources & Commodities Strategy Trust (NYSE:BCX) and the reorganization of BlackRock Dividend Income Trust (NYSE MKT:BQY) into BlackRock Enhanced Equity Dividend Trust (NYSE:BDJ) are subject to required shareholder approvals and the satisfaction of applicable regulatory requirements and other customary closing conditions. The target funds in the potential reorganizations (BCF, BQR and BQY) will not change their fiscal year-end if the reorganizations are consummated.
Additional Information about the Reorganizations and Where to Find It
This press release is not intended to, and does not, constitute an offer to purchase or sell shares of any of BCF, BQR, BCX, BQY or BDJ (the “Reorganization Funds”); nor is this press release intended to solicit a proxy from any shareholder of any of the Reorganization Funds.
The Reorganization Funds and their respective trustees, officers and employees, and BlackRock, and its shareholders, officers and employees and other persons may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies with respect to the reorganizations. Investors and shareholders may obtain more detailed information regarding the direct and indirect interests of the Reorganization Funds’ respective trustees, officers and employees, and BlackRock and its shareholders, officers and employees and other persons by reading the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus or Combined Proxy Statement/Prospectus, as applicable (the “Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus”), relating to the reorganizations, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on September 19, 2014.
INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF THE REORGANIZATION FUNDS ARE URGED TO READ THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUSES FOR THE REORGANIZATION FUNDS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THESE DOCUMENTS WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE REORGANIZATION OF THE REORGANIZATION FUNDS. INVESTORS SHOULD CONSIDER THE INVESTMENT OBJECTIVES, RISKS, CHARGES AND EXPENSES OF THE REORGANIZATION FUNDS CAREFULLY. THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUSES FOR THE REORGANIZATION FUNDS WILL CONTAIN INFORMATION WITH RESPECT TO THE INVESTMENT OBJECTIVES, RISKS, CHARGES AND EXPENSES OF THE REORGANIZATION FUNDS AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE REORGANIZATION FUNDS. The Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus will not constitute an offer to sell securities, nor will it constitute a solicitation of an offer to buy securities, in any state where such offer or sale is not permitted.
Security holders may obtain free copies of the Registration Statement and Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC at the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov. In addition, free copies of the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC may also be obtained by directing a request to BlackRock at (800) 882-0052.
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