NEW YORK, September 08, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BlackRock Advisors, LLC announced today that the Board of Directors of BlackRock Income Trust, Inc. (NYSE:BKT) (the "Fund") approved a 1-for-3 reverse stock split of the Fund’s common stock.
The Fund anticipates completing a 1-for-3 reverse stock split prior to the open of trading on the New York Stock Exchange (the "NYSE") on October 18, 2022 for common stockholders of record as of the close of business on October 17, 2022. Trading in shares of the Fund's common stock on a split adjusted basis is expected to begin at the open of trading on the NYSE on October 18, 2022. Shares of the Fund's common stock will continue trading on the NYSE under its existing ticker symbol (NYSE:BKT), but will be assigned the new CUSIP number below.
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As a result of the reverse stock split, every three shares of the Fund's outstanding common stock will be converted into one share of common stock. A reverse stock split will decrease the number of the Fund's shares of common stock outstanding and potentially increase the market price per share of common stock by a proportional amount. While the number of the Fund’s outstanding shares of common stock will decline, neither the Fund's portfolio holdings nor the total value of stockholders' investments in the Fund will be affected as a result of the reverse stock split. After the reverse stock split, common stockholders' accounts will reflect proportionally fewer shares of common stock with a higher net asset value per share of common stock and each common stockholder will hold the same percentage of the Fund's outstanding shares of common stock as such stockholder held immediately prior to the reverse stock split, subject to adjustments for fractional shares resulting from the reverse stock split (discussed below).
The Fund adopted a managed distribution plan in August 2018. In connection with the reverse stock split, the Fund’s fixed monthly distribution will be adjusted from $0.0294 per share to $0.0882 per share, beginning with the first distribution to be declared following the effective date of the reverse stock split. Such adjustment to the Fund’s fixed monthly distribution will result in no change in monthly cash flow to shareholders or the distribution on net asset value following the reverse stock split.
The Board of Directors and BlackRock believe that increasing the market price per share of the Fund’s common stock through the reverse stock split may broaden the range of potential investors in shares of the Fund’s common stock, thereby potentially improving the market for, and liquidity of, shares of the Fund’s common stock. This would have the effect of reducing the per share transaction costs associated with buying or selling shares of the Fund’s common stock in the secondary market.
No fractional shares will be issued as a result of the reverse stock split. Fractional shares that may result from the reverse stock split will be aggregated and sold on the NYSE by the Fund's transfer agent and the proceeds will be distributed pro rata among stockholders who would otherwise have received fractional shares in the reverse stock split. The pro rata cash payment received by stockholders will be net of any customary fees and expenses in proportion to their allocable share of the total proceeds of the sales. Stockholders will be receiving additional information regarding the reverse stock split from Computershare Trust Company, N.A., the Fund's transfer agent.
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With respect to the Fund, 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 Fund or in the Fund’s net asset value; (2) the relative and absolute investment performance of the 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 Fund or BlackRock, as applicable; (8) terrorist activities, international hostilities, health epidemics and/or pandemics 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 Fund 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 Fund. The information contained on BlackRock’s website is not a part of this press release.
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