Distribution Dates and Amounts Announced for Certain BlackRock Closed-End Funds

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Certain BlackRock closed-end funds (the “Funds”) announced distributions today as detailed below.

Several of the Funds announced distribution changes. Generally, these distribution changes were made in order to better align the Funds’ distribution rates with their current and projected level of earnings. BlackRock Municipal 2018 Term Trust (BPK), BlackRock California Municipal 2018 Term Trust (BJZ) and BlackRock New York Municipal 2018 Term Trust (BLH) are each term trusts that mature on or about December 31, 2018. BPK, BJZ and BLH’s distribution reductions reflect each Fund’s projected earnings potential as well as its investment objective of returning $15 per common share (the initial public offering price per common share) to common shareholders at maturity.

Municipal Funds:

Declaration- 3/3/2014       Ex-Date- 3/12/2014       Record- 3/14/2014       Payable- 4/1/2014
National Funds   Ticker   Distribution   Change From Prior

Distribution

BlackRock Municipal Income Quality Trust BYM $0.077000 -
BlackRock Municipal Income Investment Quality Trust BAF $0.068500 -
BlackRock Long-Term Municipal Advantage Trust BTA $0.062000 -
BlackRock Muni Intermediate Duration Fund, Inc. MUI $0.068500 -$0.003000
BlackRock MuniAssets Fund, Inc. MUA $0.062500 -
BlackRock Municipal Bond Trust BBK $0.082000 $0.003500
BlackRock Municipal 2018 Term Trust BPK $0.053500 -$0.007500
BlackRock Municipal Bond Investment Trust BIE $0.076000 -
BlackRock Municipal Income Trust BFK $0.075100 -
BlackRock Municipal Income Trust II BLE $0.082000 -
BlackRock Municipal Income Investment Trust BBF $0.072375 -
BlackRock Municipal Target Term Trust BTT $0.093750 -
BlackRock MuniEnhanced Fund, Inc. MEN $0.060500 -
BlackRock MuniHoldings Fund II, Inc. MUH $0.083000 -
BlackRock MuniHoldings Fund, Inc. MHD $0.088500 -
BlackRock MuniHoldings Quality Fund II, Inc. MUE $0.070500 -
BlackRock MuniHoldings Quality Fund, Inc. MUS $0.067500 -
BlackRock MuniHoldings Investment Quality Fund MFL $0.071500 -
BlackRock MuniVest Fund II, Inc. MVT $0.088500 -
BlackRock MuniVest Fund, Inc. MVF $0.056500 -
BlackRock MuniYield Fund, Inc. MYD $0.080500 -
BlackRock MuniYield Quality Fund III, Inc. MYI $0.074000 $0.002000
BlackRock MuniYield Investment Quality Fund MFT $0.071000 -
BlackRock MuniYield Investment Fund MYF $0.079000 -
BlackRock MuniYield Quality Fund II, Inc. MQT $0.070500 -
BlackRock MuniYield Quality Fund, Inc. MQY $0.080000 -
BlackRock Investment Quality Municipal Trust, Inc. BKN $0.080000 -
The BlackRock Strategic Municipal Trust BSD $0.074000 -
 
     

State-Specific Funds

Ticker Distribution Change From Prior

Distribution

BlackRock California Municipal Income Trust BFZ $0.077700 -
BlackRock California Municipal 2018 Term Trust BJZ $0.042500 -$0.008800
BlackRock Massachusetts Tax-Exempt Trust MHE $0.062500 -
BlackRock MuniHoldings California Quality Fund, Inc. MUC $0.071500 -
BlackRock MuniYield California Fund, Inc. MYC $0.079000 -
BlackRock MuniYield California Quality Fund, Inc. MCA $0.076000 -
BlackRock Florida Municipal 2020 Term Trust BFO $0.050250 -
BlackRock Maryland Municipal Bond Trust BZM $0.059500 -$0.003000
BlackRock Muni New York Intermediate Duration Fund, Inc. MNE $0.061000 -
BlackRock MuniHoldings New York Quality Fund, Inc. MHN $0.071000 -
BlackRock MuniYield New York Quality Fund, Inc. MYN $0.068000 -
BlackRock New York Municipal Income Quality Trust BSE $0.062500 -
BlackRock New York Municipal Bond Trust BQH $0.066500 -
BlackRock New York Municipal Income Trust BNY $0.069000 -
BlackRock New York Municipal Income Trust II BFY $0.070000 -
BlackRock New York Municipal 2018 Term Trust BLH $0.027800 -$0.017500
BlackRock MuniHoldings New Jersey Quality Fund, Inc. MUJ $0.074000 -
BlackRock MuniYield New Jersey Fund, Inc. MYJ $0.075000 $0.001000
BlackRock MuniYield New Jersey Quality Fund, Inc. MJI $0.074000 -
BlackRock New Jersey Municipal Bond Trust BLJ $0.074500 -
BlackRock New Jersey Municipal Income Trust BNJ $0.075100 -
BlackRock MuniYield Arizona Fund, Inc. MZA $0.069500 -
BlackRock MuniYield Michigan Quality Fund II, Inc. MYM $0.067500 -
BlackRock MuniYield Michigan Quality Fund, Inc. MIY $0.074000 -
BlackRock MuniYield Pennsylvania Quality Fund MPA $0.074000 -
The BlackRock Pennsylvania Strategic Municipal Trust BPS $0.061000 -$0.004000
BlackRock Virginia Municipal Bond Trust BHV $0.071500 -
 

Taxable Municipal Fund:

Declaration- 3/3/2014       Ex-Date- 3/12/2014       Record- 3/14/2014       Payable- 3/31/2014
Fund   Ticker   Distribution   Change From Prior

Distribution

BlackRock Build America Bond Trust BBN $0.131800 -

Taxable Funds:

Declaration- 3/3/2014       Ex-Date- 3/12/2014       Record- 3/14/2014       Payable- 3/31/2014
Fund   Ticker   Distribution   Change From Prior

Distribution

BlackRock Floating Rate Income Trust BGT $0.069500 -$0.003000
BlackRock Core Bond Trust BHK $0.075500 -
BlackRock Defined Opportunity Credit Trust BHL $0.060500 -$0.005500
BlackRock Multi-Sector Income Trust BIT $0.116700 -
BlackRock Income Trust, Inc. BKT $0.035000 -$0.002000
BlackRock Limited Duration Income Trust BLW $0.099500 -$0.005000
BlackRock Income Opportunity Trust, Inc. BNA $0.059500 -
BlackRock Credit Allocation Income Trust BTZ $0.080500 -
BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund, Inc. DSU $0.025000 -
BlackRock Enhanced Government Fund, Inc. EGF $0.055000 -
BlackRock Floating Rate Income Strategies Fund, Inc. FRA $0.070000 -$0.005500
BlackRock Corporate High Yield Fund, Inc. HYT $0.080500 -
 

Equity Funds:

Declaration- 3/3/2014       Ex-Date- 3/12/2014       Record- 3/14/2014       Payable- 3/31/2014
Fund   Ticker   Distribution   Change From Prior

Distribution

BlackRock Real Asset Equity Trust* BCF $0.174800 -
BlackRock Resources & Commodities Strategy Trust* BCX $0.231200 -
BlackRock Enhanced Equity Dividend Trust* BDJ $0.140000 -
BlackRock Energy and Resources Trust* BGR $0.405000 -
BlackRock International Growth and Income Trust* BGY $0.167850 -
BlackRock Health Sciences Trust* BME $0.429975 -
BlackRock EcoSolutions Investment Trust* BQR $0.179250 -
BlackRock Enhanced Capital and Income Fund, Inc.* CII $0.300000 -

* In order to comply with the requirements of Section 19 of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, each of the Funds noted above posted to the DTC bulletin board and sent to their shareholders of record as of the applicable record date a Section 19 notice with the previous distribution payment. The Section 19 notice was provided for informational purposes only and not for tax reporting purposes. This information can be found in the “Closed-End Funds” section of www.blackrock.com. As applicable, the final determination of the source and tax characteristics of all distributions in 2014 will be made after the end of the year.

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 EcoSolutions Investment Trust (BQR), BlackRock Enhanced Capital and Income Fund, Inc. (CII) and BlackRock Enhanced Government Fund, Inc. (EGF) have each adopted a level distribution plan (the “Plan” and such Funds, the “Plan Funds”) and employ either a managed distribution or an option over-write policy to support a level distribution of income, capital gains and/or return of capital. The fixed amounts distributed per share are subject to change at the discretion of each Plan Fund’s Board. Under its Plan, each Plan Fund will distribute all available investment income to its shareholders, consistent with its primary investment objectives and as required by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. If sufficient investment income is not available on a quarterly/monthly basis, the Plan Funds will distribute long-term capital gains and or return capital to their shareholders in order to maintain a level distribution.

The Plan Funds’ estimated sources of the distributions paid currently and for their fiscal year through December 31, 2013 and February 28, 2014 are as follows:

Estimated Allocations as of February 28, 2014

       
Plan Fund   Distribution   Net Investment Income   Net Realized Short-Term Gains   Net Realized Long-Term Gains   Return of Capital
EGF   $0.055000   $0.055000 (100%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)
         
Estimated Allocations as of December 31, 2013        
Plan Fund   Distribution   Net Investment Income   Net Realized Short-Term Gains   Net Realized Long-Term Gains   Return of Capital
BCF1   $0.174800   $0.017523 (10%)   $0 (0%)   $0.027993 (16%)   $0.129284 (74%)
BCX1   $0.231200   $0.042740 (18%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.188460 (82%)
BDJ1   $0.140000   $0.041134 (29%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.098866 (71%)
BGR   $2.905000   $0.023898 (1%)   $0.352814 (12%)   $2.528288 (87%)   $0 (0%)
BGY1   $0.167850   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.167850 (100%)
BME   $2.339975   $0.078769 (3%)   $0.740931 (32%)   $1.520274 (65%)   $0 (0%)
BQR1   $0.179250   $0.007304 (4%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.171946 (96%)
CII1   $0.300000   $0.047219 (16%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.252781 (84%)
 
Estimated Allocations for the fiscal year through February 28, 2014    
Plan Fund   Distribution   Net Investment Income   Net Realized Short-Term Gains   Net Realized Long-Term Gains   Return of Capital
EGF   $0.055000   $0.055000 (100%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)
 
Estimated Allocations for the fiscal year through December 31, 2013    
Plan Fund   Distribution   Net Investment Income   Net Realized Short-Term Gains   Net Realized Long-Term Gains   Return of Capital
BCF1   $0.174800   $0.017523 (10%)   $0 (0%)   $0.027993 (16%)   $0.129284 (74%)
BCX1   $0.231200   $0.042740 (18%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.188460 (82%)
BDJ1   $0.140000   $0.041134 (29%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.098866 (71%)
BGR   $2.905000   $0.023898 (1%)   $0.352814 (12%)   $2.528288 (87%)   $0 (0%)
BGY1   $0.167850   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.167850 (100%)
BME   $2.339975   $0.078769 (3%)   $0.740931 (32%)   $1.520274 (65%)   $0 (0%)
BQR1   $0.179250   $0.007304 (4%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.171946 (96%)
CII1   $0.300000   $0.047219 (16%)   $0 (0%)   $0 (0%)   $0.252781 (84%)

1 The Plan Fund estimates that it has distributed more than its income and net realized capital gains in the current fiscal year; therefore, a portion of your distribution may be a return of capital. A return of capital may occur, for example, when some or all of the shareholder’s investment is paid back to the shareholder. A return of capital distribution does not necessarily reflect a Plan Fund's investment performance and should not be confused with ‘yield’ or ‘income’. When distributions exceed total return performance, the difference will reduce the Fund’s net asset value per share.

The amounts and sources of distributions reported are only estimates and are not provided for tax reporting purposes. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon the Plan Fund’s investment experience during the remainder of its fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. Each Plan Fund in which you are invested will send you a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell you how to report these distributions for federal income tax purposes.

Fund Performance and Distribution Rate Information:    
Plan Fund   Average annual total return (in relation to NAV) for the 5-year period ending on 01/31/2014   Annualized current distribution rate expressed as a percentage of NAV as of 01/31/2014   Cumulative total return (in relation to NAV) for the fiscal year through 01/31/2014   Cumulative fiscal year distributions as a percentage of NAV as of 01/31/2014
BCF   14.46%   7.19%   (3.17)%   1.80%
BCX1   (4.65)%   7.15%   (2.60)%   1.79%
BDJ   13.58%   6.36%   0.96%   1.59%
BGR   17.59%   6.32%   (4.76)%   11.33%
BGY   12.86%   7.54%   0.39%   1.89%
BME   18.80%   4.88%   8.05%   6.64%
BQR   9.84%   8.16%   (1.84)%   2.04%
CII   16.35%   7.90%   1.40%   1.97%
EGF2   5.20%   4.34%   0.46%   0.00%

1 Portfolio launched within the past 5 years; this represents the average annual total return (in relation to NAV) from inception to 01/31/2014.
2 The first dividend distribution for this portfolio's fiscal year is payable on 2/28/2014.

Shareholders should not draw any conclusions about a Plan Fund’s investment performance from the amount of the Plan Fund’s current distributions or from the terms of the Plan Fund’s Plan.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This press release, and other statements that BlackRock or the Funds may make, may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, with respect to the Funds or 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.

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 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 a Fund’s net asset value; (2) the relative and absolute investment performance of a Fund and its 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 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) the impact of BlackRock electing to provide support to its products from time to time; and (11) the impact of problems at other financial institutions or the failure or negative performance of products at other financial institutions.

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.

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