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|
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 each of 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 the Funds’ net asset value; (2) the relative and absolute investment performance of the Funds and their 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 recently approved Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and regulatory, supervisory or enforcement actions of government agencies relating to the Funds 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) BlackRock’s success in maintaining secondary market support for the Funds; (11) the impact of BlackRock electing to provide support to its products from time to time; (12) the impact of problems at other financial institutions or the failure or negative performance of products at other financial institutions; and (13) the ability of BlackRock to integrate the operations of Barclays Global Investors.
The 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.