iShares 2013 S&P AMT-Free Municipal Series ETF Nears Maturity Date

iShares 2013 S&P AMT-Free Municipal Series ETF Nears Maturity Date

ETF Shareholders to Receive Payout in August

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- iShares announced today that the iShares 2013 S&P AMT-Free Municipal Series Exchange Traded Fund (NYS: MUAB) will, by design, mature and cease trading at the close of U.S. market hours on August 15, 2013. Leading up to the final maturity date, the individual bonds in the ETF mature, the fund transitions into short-term, tax-exempt instruments and cash. Remaining shareholders can expect to receive the entire amount of their proceeds in cash on or after August 21, 2013, subject to their brokerage processes.

The iShares 2013 S&P AMT-Free Municipal Series ETF is the second of the iShares Municipal ETF Series to mature. The first in the series, the iShares 2012 S&P AMT-Free Municipal Series ETF, matured in August 2012. The other five iShares ETFs in the series have end dates ranging from 2014 to 2018. iShares has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that would expand the suite of iShares S&P AMT-Free Municipal Series ETFs to include a fund with a 2019 end date. The fund is not yet available to the public.

The six 2013 - 2018 iShares S&P AMT-Free Municipal Series ETFs are designed to offer investors access to benefits of both ETFs and bonds. Like an ETF, each fund contains a diversified set of securities tracking a S&P AMT-Free Municipal Series Index, and can be bought and sold daily on an exchange. Like a bond, each fund has periodic distributions of income and a pre-determined date when the fund will close and distribute all proceeds out to shareholders. The funds are designed to provide a yield to maturity (YTM) profile comparable to that of the underlying bond portfolio.

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About iShares

iShares is a global product leader in exchange traded funds with over 600 funds globally across equities, fixed income and commodities, which trade on 20 exchanges worldwide. The iShares Funds are bought and sold like common stocks on securities exchanges. The iShares Funds are attractive to many individual and institutional investors and financial intermediaries because of their relative low cost, tax efficiency and trading flexibility. Investors can purchase and sell shares through any brokerage firm, financial advisor, or online broker, and hold the funds in any type of brokerage account. The iShares customer base consists of the institutional segment of pension plans and fund managers, as well as the retail segment of financial advisors and high net worth individuals.

Carefully consider the funds' investment objectives, risk factors, and charges and expenses before investing. This and other information can be found in the funds' prospectuses, which may be obtained by calling 1-800-iShares (1-800-474-2737) or by Read the prospectus carefully before investing. Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal.

Transactions in shares of the iShares Funds will result in brokerage commissions and will generate tax consequences. iShares Funds are obliged to distribute portfolio gains to shareholders. Shares of the iShares Funds may be sold throughout the day on the exchange through any brokerage account. However, shares may only be redeemed directly from a Fund by Authorized Participants, in very large creation/redemption units.

Bonds and bond funds will decrease in value as interest rates rise and are subject to credit risk, which refers to the possibility that the debt issuers may not be able to make principal and interest payments or may have their debt downgraded by ratings agencies. A portion of the Fund's income may be subject to federal or state income taxes or the alternative minimum tax. Capital gains, if any, are subject to capital gains tax.

Narrowly focused investments typically exhibit higher volatility and are subject to greater geographic or asset class risk. Shares of the Fund trade at market price, which may be greater or less than net asset value.

An investment in the Fund(s) is not guaranteed, and an investor may experience losses, including near or at the termination date. In the final months of the Fund's operation, as the bonds it holds mature, its portfolio will transition to cash and cash-like instruments. Following the Fund's termination date, the Fund will distribute substantially all of its net assets, after deduction of any liabilities, to then-current investors without further notice and will no longer be listed or traded. The Funds do not seek to return any predetermined amount.

During the final three months prior to the Fund's planned termination date, its yield will generally tend to move toward prevailing tax-exempt money market rates, and may be lower than the yields of the bonds previously held by the Fund and lower than prevailing yields for bonds in the market. The Fund's plan of liquidation will take effect at the close of business on August 14, 2013, which will absolve the Fund from criteria applicable for normal operation in order to accommodate the maturity.

The rate of Fund distribution payments may adversely affect the tax characterization of an investor's returns from an investment in the Fund relative to a direct investment in municipal bonds. If the amount an investor receives as liquidation proceeds upon the Fund's termination is higher or lower than the investor's cost basis, the investor may experience a gain or loss for tax purposes.

The iShares Funds are distributed by BlackRock Investments, LLC (together with its affiliates, "BlackRock"). The iShares Funds are not sponsored, endorsed, issued, sold or promoted by Standard & Poor's, nor does this company make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in the Funds. BlackRock is not affiliated with the company listed above.

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Christine Hudacko, 415-670-2687
Diane Henry, 415-670-4567

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