BlackRock Advisors, LLC today announced that the Board of Trustees (the “Board”) of BlackRock Credit Allocation Income Trust IV (NYSE:BTZ) (the “Fund”) approved the termination of the Fund’s level distribution plan (the “Plan”).
On September 4, 2009, the Fund announced changes to certain non-fundamental investment polices in response to BlackRock’s perception of the current and prospective market environment for preferred securities, including recent changes to the criteria that govern the ratings of the Fund’s preferred shares. Under its new policies, which took effect on November 13, 2009, the Fund will invest at least 80% of its total assets in credit-related securities, including, but not limited to, investment grade corporate bonds, high yield bonds, bank loans, preferred securities or convertible bonds or derivatives with economic characteristics similar to these credit-related securities. In addition, the Fund no longer intends to invest a substantial portion of its assets in equity securities, nor does it intend to utilize an option-writing strategy in an attempt to generate gains.
As a result of these changes and the current market environment, the Board concluded that the Plan was no longer in the best interests of the Fund and its shareholders. There has been no further change to the Fund’s investment policies as a result of the Plan’s termination and the Fund continues to be managed in accordance with its investment objectives.
The Fund will continue to declare and pay distributions in accordance with its regular monthly distribution schedule. As a result of the Plan’s termination, capital gains, if any, will now generally be distributed at year-end. Distribution rates are subject to change from time to time as approved by the Board and no assurance can be given that distribution rates will remain the same over time.
BlackRock is a leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide. At December 31, 2009, BlackRock’s AUM was $3.346 trillion. BlackRock offers products that span the risk spectrum to meet clients’ needs, including active, enhanced and index strategies across markets and asset classes. Products are offered in a variety of structures including 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®. Headquartered in New York City, as of December 31, 2009, the firm has approximately 8,500 full-time employees in 24 countries and a major presence in key global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and Africa. For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at www.blackrock.com.
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With respect to the Fund, the following factors, among others, could cause actual events to differ materially from forward-looking statements or historical performance: (1) changes in political, economic or industry conditions, the interest rate environment or financial and capital markets, which could result in changes in the Fund’s net asset value, market price and dividend rates; (2) the performance of the Fund’s investments; (3) the impact of increased competition; (4) the extent and timing of any distributions or share repurchases; (5) the impact of legislative and regulatory actions and reforms and regulatory, supervisory or enforcement actions of government agencies relating to the Fund or BlackRock, as applicable; (6) BlackRock’s ability to attract and retain highly talented professionals.
The 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.govand on BlackRock’s website at www.blackrock.com, and may discuss these or other factors that affect the Funds. The information contained on our website is not a part of this press release.
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