Certain BlackRock Closed-End Funds Announce Election To Opt In to Maryland Control Share Acquisition Act
October 19, 2020 at 16:30 PM EDT
The boards of directors (the “Board”) of the BlackRock closed-end funds listed in the below table (each a “Fund” and collectively, the “Funds”) announced that each Fund has elected to be subject to the Maryland Control Share Acquisition Act (the “MCSAA”), effective immediately.
The Board believes that electing to be subject to the MCSAA protects the interests of the Funds. Maryland lawmakers instituted the MCSAA to limit the ability of any single stockholder to exert undue influence in pursuit of short-term gains at the expense of long-term value for Fund stockholders and the Fund’s ability to achieve its investment objective.
The election to become subject to the MCSAA limits the ability of holders of “control shares” to vote those shares above various threshold levels that start at 10% unless the other stockholders of a Fund reinstate those voting rights at a meeting of stockholders as provided in the MCSAA. The bylaws for each Fund provide that the provisions of the MCSAA do not apply to the voting rights of the holders of any shares of preferred stock of the Fund (but only with respect to such preferred stock).
The above description of the MCSAA is only a high-level summary and does not purport to be complete. Investors should refer to the actual provisions of the MCSAA and each Fund’s bylaws for more information, including definitions of key terms, various exclusions and exemptions from the statute’s scope, and the procedures by which stockholders may approve the reinstatement of voting rights to holders of “control shares.”
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