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iShares Announces Changes to the iShares Developed Small Cap ex North American ETF

August 29, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- iShares announced today that the investment objective of the iShares Developed Small-Cap ex North America ETF will change along with changes to its name, index and ticker. Based on client feedback, effective September 1, 2014, the fund will be the iShares MSCI Europe Small-Cap ETF, tracking the MSCI Europe Small Cap Index, which will provide a more concentrated exposure to European small-cap securities.

Shareholders do not have to take any action. No capital gains distributions are expected as a result of the transition.

         
    Current   New
Fund Name   iShares Developed Small-Cap

ex North America ETF

  iShares MSCI Europe Small-Cap ETF
Underlying Index   FTSE Developed Small Cap ex-

North America Index

  MSCI Europe Small Cap Index
Index Provider   FTSE International Limited   MSCI, Inc.
Investment

Objective

  The iShares Developed Small-

Cap ex North America ETF

seeks to track the investment

results of an index composed

of small-capitalization

developed market equities,

excluding the U.S. and Canada.

  The iShares MSCI Europe Small-

Cap ETF seeks to track the

investment results of an index

composed of small-capitalization

developed market

equities in Europe.

Ticker   IFSM   IEUS


About BlackRock

BlackRock is a leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide. At June 30, 2014, BlackRock’s AUM was $4.594 trillion. BlackRock helps clients meet their goals and overcome challenges with a range of products that include 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 June 30, 2014, the firm had approximately 11,600 employees in more than 30 countries and a major presence in key global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and Africa.

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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 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.

Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal.

Carefully consider the iShares Funds’ investment objectives, risk factors, and charges and expenses before investing. This and other information can be found in the Funds’ prospectuses and, if available, summary prospectuses, which may be obtained by calling 1-800-iShares (1-800-474-2737) or by visiting www.iShares.com. 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.

International investing involves risks, including risks related to foreign currency, limited liquidity, less government regulation and the possibility of substantial volatility due to adverse political, economic or other developments. These risks often are heightened for investments in emerging/developing markets and in concentrations of single countries. Small-capitalization companies may be less stable and more susceptible to adverse developments, and their securities may be more volatile and less liquid than larger capitalization companies.

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 FTSE International Limited (“FTSE”) or MSCI Inc. Neither of these companies make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in the Funds. BlackRock is not affiliated with the companies listed above. All rights in the FTSE Developed Small Cap ex-North America Index vest in FTSE. "FTSE®" is a trademark of London Stock Exchange Group companies and is used by FTSE under license.

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iShares

Christine Hudacko, 415-670-2687

christine.hudacko@blackrock.com

Diane Henry, 415-670-4567

diane.henry@blackrock.com


Source: iShares


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