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Certain Closed-End Funds Announce Renewal of Share Repurchase Programs

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

BlackRock Advisors, LLC announced today that the Boards of Directors/Trustees of twenty BlackRock taxable and equity closed-end funds (the “Funds”) have authorized the renewal of open market share repurchase programs (the “Repurchase Programs”). Under each Fund’s current Repurchase Program, each Fund may repurchase, through November 30, 2017, up to 5% of its outstanding common shares (based on common shares outstanding on November 30, 2016 for each Fund other than BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund, Inc. (“DSU”) and based on common shares outstanding on October 28, 2016 for DSU) in open market transactions. Pursuant to the Board’s renewal of the Repurchase Programs, commencing on December 1, 2017, each Fund may repurchase up to 5% of its outstanding common shares (based on common shares outstanding on November 30, 2017 for each Fund) in open market transactions through November 30, 2018. The Repurchase Programs seek to enhance shareholder value by purchasing Fund shares trading at a discount from their net asset value per share.

The Funds that have authorized the renewal of a Repurchase Program are as follows:

Ticker      

Fund

      CUSIP
BBN       BlackRock Taxable Municipal Bond Trust       09248X100
BCX       BlackRock Resources & Commodities Strategy Trust       09257A108
BDJ       BlackRock Enhanced Equity Dividend Trust       09251A104
BGR       BlackRock Energy and Resources Trust       09250U101
BGT       BlackRock Floating Rate Income Trust       091941104
BGY       BlackRock Enhanced International Dividend Trust       092524107
BHK       BlackRock Core Bond Trust       09249E101
BIT       BlackRock Multi-Sector Income Trust       09258A107
BKT       BlackRock Income Trust, Inc.       09247F100
BLW       BlackRock Limited Duration Income Trust       09249W101
BME       BlackRock Health Sciences Trust       09250W107
BOE       BlackRock Enhanced Global Dividend Trust       092501105
BST       BlackRock Science and Technology Trust       09258G104
BTZ       BlackRock Credit Allocation Income Trust       092508100
BUI       BlackRock Utility and Infrastructure Trust       09248D104
CII       BlackRock Enhanced Capital and Income Fund, Inc.       09256A109
DSU       BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund, Inc.       09255R202
EGF       BlackRock Enhanced Government Fund, Inc.       09255K108
FRA       BlackRock Floating Rate Income Strategies Fund, Inc.       09255X100
HYT       BlackRock Corporate High Yield Fund, Inc.       09255P107
           

The amount and timing of any repurchases under each Fund’s Repurchase Program will be determined either at the discretion of the Fund’s management or pursuant to predetermined parameters and instructions subject to market conditions. There is no assurance that any Fund will repurchase shares in any particular amounts. A Fund’s repurchase activity will be disclosed in its shareholder report for the relevant fiscal period. Any repurchases made under any Fund Repurchase Program will be made on a national security exchange at the prevailing market price, subject to exchange requirements and certain volume and timing limitations and other regulations under federal securities laws.

About BlackRock

BlackRock is a global leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients. At June 30, 2017, BlackRock’s AUM was $5.7 trillion. BlackRock helps clients around the world meet their goals and overcome challenges with a range of products that include separate accounts, mutual funds, iShares® (exchange-traded funds), and other pooled investment vehicles. BlackRock also offers risk management, advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of institutional investors through BlackRock Solutions®. As of June 30, 2017, the firm had approximately 13,000 employees in more than 30 countries and a major presence in global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and Africa. For additional information, please visit the Company’s website at www.blackrock.com | Twitter: @blackrock_news | Blog: www.blackrockblog.com | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/blackrock

Availability of Fund Updates

BlackRock will update performance and certain other data for the Funds on a monthly basis on its website in the “Closed-end Funds” section of www.blackrock.com as well as certain other material information as necessary from time to time. Investors and others are advised to check the website for updated performance information and the release of other material information about the Funds. This reference to BlackRock’s website is intended to allow investors public access to information regarding the Funds and does not, and is not intended to, incorporate BlackRock’s website in this release.

Forward-Looking Statements

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