Certain BlackRock Closed-End Funds Announce Partial Redemption of Auction Rate Preferred Shares

NEW YORK--()--BlackRock Advisors, LLC today announced the redemption of a portion of the issued and outstanding auction rate preferred shares (“ARPS”) by BlackRock California Municipal 2018 Term Trust (NYSE: BJZ), BlackRock Municipal 2018 Term Trust (NYSE:BPK), BlackRock New York Municipal 2018 Term Trust (NYSE:BLH), BlackRock Florida Municipal 2020 Term Trust (NYSE:BFO) and BlackRock Municipal 2020 Term Trust (NYSE:BKK) (collectively, the “Funds”).

The redemptions announced today, which total approximately $61.75 million in ARPS, will be conducted at a liquidation preference of $25,000 per share, together with accrued and unpaid dividends thereon to the redemption date, if applicable. When taken together with previously announced redemptions of ARPS by BlackRock closed-end funds, these redemptions total approximately $9.45 billion across BlackRock taxable and tax-exempt closed-end funds (approximately 96% of the total ARPS outstanding as of February 2008).

The Depository Trust Company (DTC), the holder of record for the ARPS, determines by random lottery how the redemption will be allocated among each participant broker-dealer account that holds ARPS and each participant broker-dealer determines how to allocate each redemption among its respective ARPS holders.

Please see redemption details for each Fund’s respective series of ARPS below.

BJZ:

                 
Series   CUSIP   Redemption Date  

Total Shares
to be
Redeemed

 

Aggregate Principal
Amount to be
Redeemed

M-7   09249C204   January 22, 2013   261   $6,525,000
       

BPK:

                 
Series   CUSIP   Redemption Date  

Total Shares
to be
Redeemed

 

Aggregate Principal
Amount to be
Redeemed

R-7   09248C304   January 25, 2013   714   $17,850,000
W-7   09248C205   January 24, 2013   714   $17,850,000
       

BLH:

                 
Series   CUSIP   Redemption Date  

Total Shares
to be
Redeemed

 

Aggregate Principal
Amount to be
Redeemed

T-7   09248K207   January 23, 2013   223   $5,575,000
       

BFO:

 
Series   CUSIP   Redemption Date  

Total Shares
to be
Redeemed

 

Aggregate Principal
Amount to be
Redeemed

F-7   09250M208   January 22, 2013   132   $3,300,000
       

BKK:

                 
Series   CUSIP   Redemption Date  

Total Shares
to be
Redeemed

 

Aggregate Principal
Amount to be
Redeemed

F-7   09249X406   January 22, 2013   142   $3,550,000
M-7   09249X208   January 22, 2013   142   $3,550,000
W-7   09249X307   January 24, 2013   142   $3,550,000
       

BlackRock will continue to keep market participants and shareholders informed of its closed-end funds’ progress to redeem ARPS via press releases and on BlackRock’s website at www.blackrock.com.

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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.

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