BlackRock Advisors, LLC announced today that the Boards of Directors/Trustees of each of BlackRock Income Trust, Inc. (NYSE:BKT), BlackRock Income Opportunity Trust, Inc. (NYSE:BNA) and BlackRock Core Bond Trust (NYSE:BHK) have approved the reorganization of each of BKT and BNA into BHK, with BHK continuing as the surviving fund (each, a “Reorganization”).
It is currently expected that each Reorganization will be completed in late 2014, subject to required shareholder approvals and the satisfaction of applicable regulatory requirements and other customary closing conditions. Approval of each Reorganization is not contingent upon approval of any other Reorganization.
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 BKT, BNA and BHK (the “Funds”); nor is this press release intended to solicit a proxy from any shareholder of any of the Funds. The solicitation of the purchase or sale of securities or of proxies to effect each Reorganization will only be made by a final, effective Registration Statement, which includes a definitive Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus, after the Registration Statement is declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).This press release references a Registration Statement, which includes a Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus, to be filed by the Funds. This Registration Statement has yet to be filed with the SEC. After the Registration Statement is filed with the SEC, it may be amended or withdrawn and the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus will not be distributed to shareholders of the Funds unless and until the Registration Statement is declared effective by the SEC. The 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 Funds' respective trustees, officers and employees, and BlackRock and its shareholders, officers and employees and other persons by reading the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus relating to the Reorganizations when it is filed with the SEC.