BlackRock Announces Share Split for Four iShares ETFs

BlackRock (NYSE: BLK) announces that the iShares Board of Trustees and Board of Directors have authorized a share split for iShares Global 100 ETF (IOO), iShares Global Healthcare ETF (IXJ), iShares Global Consumer Staples ETF (KXI) and iShares MSCI EM ESG Optimized ETF (ESGE).

The Boards have approved a 2-for-1 split for these funds for shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 27, 2018, payable after the close of trading on May 1, 2018. The 2-for-1 split will lower the share price and increase the number of outstanding shares. The total value of shares outstanding is not affected by the split.

Fund NameTickerInception Date

(as of 03/27/18)

Proposed Forward
Split Ratio

iShares Global 100 ETF IOO December 5, 2000 $90.60 2 for 1
iShares Global Healthcare ETF IXJ November 13, 2001 $110.20 2 for 1
iShares Global Consumer Staples ETF KXI September 12, 2006 $98.35 2 for 1
iShares MSCI EM ESG Optimized ETF ESGE June 28, 2016 $75.51 2 for 1

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About iShares

iShares® is a global leader in exchange-traded funds (ETFs), with more than a decade of expertise and commitment to individual and institutional investors of all sizes. With over 800 funds globally across multiple asset classes and strategies and more than $1.5 trillion in assets under management as of December 31, 2017, iShares helps clients around the world build the core of their portfolios, meet specific investment goals and implement market views. iShares funds are powered by the expert portfolio and risk management of BlackRock, trusted to manage more money than any other investment firm1.

1 Based on $6.288 trillion in AUM as of 12/31/17

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The iShares Funds are distributed by BlackRock Investments, LLC (together with its affiliates, “BlackRock”).

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The iShares Funds are not sponsored, endorsed, issued, sold or promoted by MSCI Inc., nor does this company make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in the Funds. BlackRock is not affiliated with MSCI Inc.

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Theresa McCartney, 646-310-1653

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