BlackRock Advisors, LLC today announced that five BlackRock tax-exempt closed-end funds (the “Funds”) each successfully priced and placed privately issued preferred shares pursuant to an offering exempt from registration under the Securities Act of 1933.
Totaling approximately $81 million in aggregate, the proceeds from these issuances will be used to redeem all of each Fund’s outstanding auction rate preferred shares (“ARPS”). ARPS redemptions for the Funds are expected to be announced on June 15, 2012. The ARPS redemptions associated with each Fund’s placement of privately issued preferred shares, together with previously announced redemptions of ARPS by BlackRock closed-end funds, total approximately $9.37 billion across BlackRock taxable and tax-exempt closed-end funds (approximately 95% of the total ARPS outstanding as of February 2008).
The following table shows privately placed preferred share issuance by Fund:
|BlackRock Virginia Municipal Bond Trust||BHV||$11,600,000|
|BlackRock New Jersey Municipal Bond Trust||BLJ||$18,700,000|
|The BlackRock Pennsylvania Strategic Municipal Trust||BPS||$16,300,000|
|BlackRock Maryland Municipal Bond Trust||BZM||$16,000,000|
|The Massachusetts Health & Education Tax-Exempt Trust||MHE||$18,500,000|
In connection with this issuance, BlackRock will post regular portfolio information for the Funds on its public website at www.blackrock.com. This information includes fund holdings (which will be available monthly after a 15-day lag) and asset coverage and leverage ratios (which will be available weekly). BlackRock will continue to keep market participants and shareholders informed of its closed-end funds’ progress to redeem ARPS via press releases and on the firm’s website.This press release is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any of these securities. About BlackRock BlackRock is a leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide. At March 31, 2012, BlackRock’s AUM was $3.684 trillion. BlackRock offers products that span the risk spectrum to meet clients’ needs, including active, enhanced and index strategies across markets and asset classes. Products are offered in a variety of structures including 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 ®. Headquartered in New York City, as of March 31, 2012, the firm has approximately 9,900 employees in 27 countries and a major presence in key global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East and Africa. For additional information, please visit BlackRock’s website at www.blackrock.com. Forward-Looking Statements This press release, and other statements that BlackRock may make, may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, with respect to 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.