Reflecting the Trusts' commitment to achieve their primary investment objective of returning their initial offering price to investors upon termination, the Boards of Directors of The BlackRock Strategic Term Trust Inc. (NYSE: BGT), The BlackRock Investment Quality Term Trust Inc. (NYSE: BQT), and The BlackRock Broad Investment Grade 2009 Term Trust Inc. (AMEX: BCT) voted to reduce each Trust's monthly dividend.
Each of the three Trusts remain on schedule to achieve their primary investment objective of returning the initial offering price to shareholders on or about their planned termination dates. Dividend adjustments are expected over the life of the Trusts as the continual reinvestment of cash flows into shorter maturity securities over time results in less income available to be paid out in the form of dividend payments.
The dividend adjustments are detailed below: BlackRock Strategic Term Trust Inc. NYSE Symbol: BGT CUSIP: 09247P 108 New Monthly Dividend: $0.03125 New Annualized Dividend: $0.375 New Yield: Yield on Current NAV: 3.90% Yield on Stock Price: 4.00% Declaration Date: March 1, 2001 Record Date: March 15, 2001 Ex-Dividend Date: March 13, 2001 Payable Date: March 30, 2001 BlackRock Investment Quality Term Trust Inc. NYSE Symbol: BQT CUSIP: 09247J 102 New Monthly Dividend: $0.0333 New Annualized Dividend: $0.40 New Yield: Yield on Current NAV: 4.32% Yield on Stock Price: 4.58% Declaration Date: March 1, 2001 Record Date: March 15, 2001 Ex-Dividend Date: March 13, 2001 Payable Date: March 30, 2001 BlackRock Broad Investment Grade 2009 Term Trust Inc. AMEX Symbol: BCT CUSIP: 09247Q 106 New Monthly Dividend: $0.0625 New Annualized Dividend: $0.75 New Yield: Yield on Current NAV: 5.22% Yield on Stock Price: 5.62% Declaration Date: March 1, 2001 Record Date: March 15, 2001 Ex-Dividend Date: March 13, 2001 Payable Date: March 30, 2001
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