BlackRock California Municipal 2018 Term Trust Announces Partial Redemption Of Auction Rate Preferred Shares

BlackRock Advisors, LLC today announced the redemption of a portion of the issued and outstanding auction rate preferred shares (“ARPS”) by BlackRock California Municipal 2018 Term Trust (NYSE: BJZ) (the “Fund”).

The partial redemption announced today, which totals $5.7 million in ARPS, will be conducted at a liquidation preference of $25,000 per share, together with accrued and unpaid dividends thereon to the redemption date, if applicable.

The Depository Trust Company, the holder of record for the ARPS, determines by random lottery how the partial redemption will be allocated among each participant broker-dealer account that holds ARPS and each participant broker-dealer determines how to allocate partial the redemption among its respective ARPS holders.

Please see redemption details for the Fund’s ARPS below.
                                 
Series       CUSIP       Redemption Date      

Total Shares
      Aggregate Principal

to be

Amount to be
                       

Redeemed
     

Redeemed
M-7       09249C204       April 9, 2013       228       $5,700,000

(Redemption represents approximately 11.6% of BJZ’s current ARPS outstanding)
 

When taken together with previously announced redemptions of ARPS by BlackRock closed-end funds, this redemption totals approximately $9.47 billion across BlackRock taxable and tax-exempt closed-end funds (approximately 96.4% of the total ARPS outstanding as of February 2008). BlackRock will continue to keep market participants and shareholders informed of its closed-end funds’ progress to redeem ARPS via press releases and on BlackRock’s website at www.blackrock.com.

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