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Certain BlackRock Closed-End Funds Announce Estimated Sources of Distributions

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 29, 2022-- Today, BlackRock Resources & Commodities Strategy Trust (NYSE: BCX), BlackRock Enhanced Equity Dividend Trust (NYSE: BDJ), BlackRock Energy and Resources Trust (NYSE: BGR), BlackRock Enhanced International Dividend Trust (NYSE: BGY), BlackRock Health Sciences Trust (NYSE: BME), BlackRock Health Sciences Trust II (NYSE: BMEZ), BlackRock Enhanced Global Dividend Trust (NYSE: BOE), BlackRock Utilities, Infrastructure & Power Opportunities Trust (NYSE: BUI), BlackRock Enhanced Capital and Income Fund, Inc. (NYSE: CII), BlackRock Science and Technology Trust (NYSE: BST), BlackRock Science and Technology Trust II (NYSE: BSTZ), BlackRock Innovation and Growth Trust (NYSE: BIGZ), BlackRock Enhanced Government Fund, Inc. (NYSE: EGF), BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund, Inc. (NYSE: DSU), BlackRock Floating Rate Income Strategies Fund, Inc. (NYSE: FRA), BlackRock Floating Rate Income Trust (NYSE: BGT), BlackRock Corporate High Yield Fund, Inc. (NYSE: HYT), BlackRock Credit Allocation Income Trust (NYSE: BTZ), BlackRock Limited Duration Income Trust (NYSE: BLW), BlackRock Core Bond Trust (NYSE: BHK), BlackRock Multi-Sector Income Trust (NYSE: BIT), BlackRock Capital Allocation Trust (NYSE:BCAT), and BlackRock ESG Capital Allocation Trust (NYSE: ECAT) (collectively, the “Funds”) paid the following distributions per share:

Fund

Pay Date

Per Share

BCX

April 29, 2022

$0.045000

BDJ

April 29, 2022

$0.056200

BGR

April 29, 2022

$0.044000

BGY

April 29, 2022

$0.033800

BME

April 29, 2022

$0.213000

BMEZ

April 29, 2022

$0.145000

BOE

April 29, 2022

$0.063000

BUI

April 29, 2022

$0.121000

CII

April 29, 2022

$0.099500

BST

April 29, 2022

$0.250000

BSTZ

April 29, 2022

$0.192000

BIGZ

April 29, 2022

$0.100000

EGF

April 29, 2022

$0.041000

DSU

April 29, 2022

$0.060500

FRA

April 29, 2022

$0.066700

BGT

April 29, 2022

$0.064700

HYT

April 29, 2022

$0.077900

BTZ

April 29, 2022

$0.083900

BLW

April 29, 2022

$0.098100

BHK

April 29, 2022

$0.074600

BIT

April 29, 2022

$0.123700

BCAT

April 29, 2022

$0.104100

ECAT

April 29, 2022

$0.100000

Each of the Funds has adopted a managed distribution plan (the “Plan”) 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 Fund’s Board of Directors/Trustees. Under its Plan, each Fund will distribute all available net income to its shareholders, consistent with its primary investment objectives and as required by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”). If sufficient net income is not available on a monthly basis, the Funds will distribute long-term capital gains and/or return capital to their shareholders in order to maintain a level distribution.

The Funds’ estimated sources of the distributions paid this month and for their current fiscal year are as follows:

Estimated Allocations as of April 29, 2022

 

 

 

Fund

Distribution

Net Income

Net Realized Short-Term Gains

Net Realized Long-Term Gains

Return of Capital

BCX1

$0.045000

$0.022290 (50%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.022710 (50%)

BDJ

$0.056200

$0.012216 (22%)

$0 (0%)

$0.043984 (78%)

$0 (0%)

BGR 1

$0.044000

$0.012998 (30%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.031002 (70%)

BGY1

$0.033800

$0.017453 (52%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.016347 (48%)

BME

$0.213000

$0.003763 (2%)

$0 (0%)

$0.209237 (98%)

$0 (0%)

BMEZ

$0.145000

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.145000 (100%)

$0 (0%)

BOE1

$0.063000

$0.031044 (49%)

$0 (0%)

$0.031956 (51%)

$0 (0%)

BUI

$0.121000

$0.005393 (4%)

$0 (0%)

$0.115607 (96%)

$0 (0%)

CII

$0.099500

$0 (0%)

$0.000508 (1%)

$0.098992 (99%)

$0 (0%)

BST

$0.250000

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.250000 (100%)

$0 (0%)

BSTZ

$0.192000

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.192000 (100%)

$0 (0%)

BIGZ1

$0.100000

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.100000 (100%)

EGF1

$0.041000

$0.025246 (62%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.015754 (38%)

DSU1

$0.060500

$0.059163 (98%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.001337 (2%)

FRA1

$0.066700

$0.059667 (89%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.007033 (11%)

BGT1

$0.064700

$0.057288 (89%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.007412 (11%)

HYT1

$0.077900

$0.065181 (84%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.012719 (16%)

BTZ1

$0.083900

$0.082979 (99%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.000921 (1%)

BLW

$0.098100

$0.098100 (100%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

BHK

$0.074600

$0.074600 (100%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

BIT1

$0.123700

$0.080685 (65%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.043015 (35%)

BCAT1

$0.104100

$0.046882 (45%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.057218 (55%)

ECAT1

$0.100000

$0.009604 (10%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.090396 (90%)

 

Estimated Allocations for the Fiscal Year through April 29, 2022

Fund

Distribution

Net Income

Net Realized Short-Term Gains

Net Realized Long-Term Gains

Return of Capital

BCX1

$0.170000

$0.086013 (51%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.083987 (49%)

BDJ

$0.212400

$0.043383 (20%)

$0.020332 (10%)

$0.148685 (70%)

$0 (0%)

BGR 1

$0.163000

$0.101053 (62%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.061947 (38%)

BGY1

$0.135200

$0.020701 (15%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.114499 (85%)

BME

$0.852000

$0.010826 (1%)

$0 (0%)

$0.841174 (99%)

$0 (0%)

BMEZ

$0.580000

$0 (0%)

$0.418966 (72%)

$0.161034 (28%)

$0 (0%)

BOE1

$0.252000

$0.056168 (22%)

$0 (0%)

$0.187858 (75%)

$0.007974 (3%)

BUI

$0.484000

$0.080107 (17%)

$0.086180 (18%)

$0.317713 (65%)

$0 (0%)

CII

$0.398000

$0.005792 (1%)

$0.150835 (38%)

$0.241373 (61%)

$0 (0%)

BST

$1.000000

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$1.000000 (100%)

$0 (0%)

BSTZ

$0.768000

$0 (0%)

$0.194883 (25%)

$0.573117 (75%)

$0 (0%)

BIGZ1

$0.400000

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.400000 (100%)

EGF1

$0.123000

$0.089187 (73%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.033813 (27%)

DSU1

$0.181500

$0.180163 (99%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.001337 (1%)

FRA1

$0.200100

$0.193067 (96%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.007033 (4%)

BGT1

$0.194100

$0.186688 (96%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.007412 (4%)

HYT1

$0.233700

$0.220981 (95%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.012719 (5%)

BTZ1

$0.251700

$0.250779 (100%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.000921 (0%)

BLW

$0.294300

$0.294300 (100%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

BHK

$0.223800

$0.222366 (99%)

$0 (0%)

$0.001434 (1%)

$0 (0%)

BIT1

$0.742200

$0.492937 (66%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.249263 (34%)

BCAT1

$0.416400

$0.172113 (41%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.244287 (59%)

ECAT1

$0.400000

$0.016369 (4%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.383631 (96%)

1The 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 the 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 being provided to you pursuant to regulatory requirements and are not being provided for tax reporting purposes. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon each Fund’s investment experience during the remainder of its fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. The Fund 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:

 

 

Trust

Average annual total return (in relation to NAV) for the 5-year period ending on 3/31/2022

Annualized current distribution rate expressed as a percentage of NAV as of 3/31/2022

Cumulative total return (in relation to NAV) for the fiscal year through 3/31/2022

Cumulative fiscal year distributions as a percentage of NAV as of 3/31/2022

BCX

11.07%

4.59%

16.54%

1.06%

BDJ

9.62%

6.61%

1.41%

1.53%

BGR

3.95%

4.01%

23.47%

0.90%

BGY

7.09%

6.33%

(4.24)%

1.58%

BME

12.67%

5.67%

(4.64)%

1.42%

BMEZ*

11.25%

7.80%

(13.93)%

1.95%

BOE

7.21%

5.99%

(4.26)%

1.50%

BUI

11.21%

5.84%

(2.31)%

1.46%

CII

12.93%

5.64%

(2.85)%

1.41%

BST

23.24%

6.66%

(12.58)%

1.67%

BSTZ*

26.33%

7.19%

(15.84)%

1.80%

BIGZ*

(30.40)%

9.21%

(20.08)%

2.30%

EGF

0.23%

4.19%

(7.17)%

0.70%

DSU

5.30%

6.42%

(1.12)%

1.07%

FRA

4.60%

5.87%

(0.45)%

0.98%

BGT

4.58%

5.86%

(0.42)%

0.98%

HYT

6.73%

8.37%

(5.50)%

1.39%

BTZ

5.65%

7.35%

(8.21)%

1.23%

BLW

5.33%

7.62%

(4.80)%

1.27%

BHK

5.19%

6.47%

(9.59)%

1.08%

BIT

6.35%

8.87%

(3.53)%

3.70%

BCAT*

2.81%

6.51%

(6.47)%

1.63%

ECAT*

(3.12)%

6.34%

(6.85)%

1.58%

 

* Portfolio launched within the past 5 years; the performance and distribution rate information presented for this Fund reflects data from inception to 3/31/2022.

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

BKT and BBN have adopted a Plan whereby the Fund will make fixed monthly distributions to common stockholders and will distribute all available net income to its stockholders, consistent with its investment objective and as required by the Code. The fixed amount distributed per share is subject to change at the discretion of BKT and BBN’s Board. If sufficient net income is not available on a monthly basis, a Fund will distribute long-term capital gains and/or return capital to its stockholders in order to maintain a level distribution. BKT and BBN are currently not relying on any exemptive relief from Section 19(b) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”). Each Fund expects that distributions under the Plan will exceed current income and capital gains and therefore will likely include a return of capital. BKT and BBN may make additional distributions from time to time, including additional capital gain distributions at the end of the taxable year, if required to meet requirements imposed by the Code and/or the 1940 Act.

BKT and BBN’s estimated sources of the distributions paid as of April 29th, 2022 and for its current fiscal year are as follows:

Estimated Allocations as of April 29, 2022

 

 

Fund

Distribution

Net Income

Net Realized Short-Term Gains

Net Realized Long-Term Gains

Return of Capital

 

BKT

$0.034400

$0.019680 (57%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.014720 (43%)

 

BBN

$0.122900

$0.122900 (100%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

 

 

Estimated Allocations for the Fiscal Year through April 29, 2022

 

 

Fund

Distribution

Net Income

Net Realized Short-Term Gains

Net Realized Long-Term Gains

Return of Capital

 

BKT

$0.103200

$0.074635 (72%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0.028565 (28%)

 

BBN

$0.368700

$0.368700 (100%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

$0 (0%)

 

 

The amounts and sources of distributions reported are only estimates and are being provided to you pursuant to regulatory requirements and are not being provided for tax reporting purposes. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon BKT and BBN’s investment experience during the remainder of its fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. BKT and BBN will send its stockholders a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will illustrate how to report these distributions for federal income tax purposes.

 

Fund Performance and Distribution Rate Information:

 

Fund

Average annual total return (in relation to NAV) for the 5-year period ending on 3/31/2022

Annualized current distribution rate expressed as a percentage of NAV as of 3/31/2022

Cumulative total return (in relation to NAV) for the fiscal year through 3/31/2022

Cumulative fiscal year distributions as a percentage of NAV as 3/31/2022

BKT

1.24%

7.97%

(7.08)%

1.33%

BBN

5.72%

6.69%

(11.81)%

1.11%

 

No conclusions should be drawn about BKT or BBN’s investment performance from the amount of the Fund’s distributions or from the terms of the Fund’s Plan.

The amount distributed per share under a Plan is subject to change at the discretion of the applicable Fund’s Board. Each Plan will be subject to ongoing review by the Board to determine whether the Plan should be continued, modified or terminated. The Board may amend the terms of a Plan or suspend or terminate a Plan at any time without prior notice to the Fund’s shareholders if it deems such actions to be in the best interest of the Fund or its shareholders. The amendment or termination of a Plan could have an adverse effect on the market price of the Fund's shares.

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