BlackRock High Yield Trust Announces Dividend Adjustment

BlackRock High Yield Trust Announces Dividend Adjustment

Business Editors

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 2, 2003

The Board of Trustees of The BlackRock High Yield Trust (NYSE: BHY) voted to adjust the Trust’s monthly dividend to $0.084167 ($1.01 annualized) from $0.0905 ($1.0863 annualized), effective with the September 2003 dividend payment. This adjustment was made after evaluation of the current and anticipated level of the Trust’s net investment income.

The dividend adjustment is detailed as follows:

New Monthly Dividend: $0.084167

New Yield on Stock Price ($10.04)(a): 10.06%

Declaration Date: September 2, 2003

Ex-Dividend Date: September 11, 2003

New Annualized Dividend: $1.01

New Yield on Current NAV ($6.55)(a): 15.42%

Record Date: September 15, 2003

Payable Date: September 30, 2003

(a) As of August 29, 2003

About BlackRock. BlackRock is one of the largest publicly traded investment management firms in the United States with $286 billion of assets under management as of June 30, 2003. BlackRock manages assets on behalf of institutional and individual investors worldwide through a variety of equity, fixed income, liquidity and alternative investment products. In addition, BlackRock provides risk management and investment system services to a growing number of institutional investors under the BlackRock Solutions(R) name. Clients are served from the Company’s headquarters in New York City, as well as offices in Boston, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Tokyo and Wilmington. BlackRock is majority-owned by The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) and by BlackRock employees.

Forward Looking Statements. This press release, and other statements that BlackRock may make, may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, with respect to BlackRock’s future financial or business performance, strategies or expectations. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as “trend,” “potential,” “opportunity,” “pipeline,” “believe,” “comfortable,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “current,” “intention,” “estimate,” “position,” “assume,” “potential,” “outlook,” “continue,” “remain,” “maintain,” “sustain,” “seek,” “achieve,” and similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “may” or similar expressions.

BlackRock cautions that forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which change over time. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and BlackRock assumes no duty to and does not undertake to update forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements and future results could differ materially from historical performance.

In addition to factors previously disclosed in BlackRock’s Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) reports and those identified elsewhere in this press release, the following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements or historical performance: (1) the introduction, withdrawal, success and timing of business initiatives and strategies; (2) changes in political, economic or industry conditions, the interest rate environment or financial and capital markets, which could result in changes in demand for products or services or in the value of assets under management; (3) the relative and absolute investment performance of BlackRock’s advised or sponsored investment products and separately managed accounts; (4) the impact of increased competition; (5) the impact of capital improvement projects; (6) the impact of future acquisitions; (7) the unfavorable resolution of legal proceedings; (8) the extent and timing of any share repurchases; (9) the impact, extent and timing of technological changes and the adequacy of intellectual property protection; (10) the impact of legislative and regulatory actions and reforms and regulatory, supervisory or enforcement actions of government agencies relating to BlackRock or PNC; (11) terrorist activities and international hostilities, which may adversely affect the general economy, financial and capital markets, specific industries, and BlackRock; and (12) the ability to attract and retain highly talented professionals.

BlackRock’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2002 and BlackRock’s subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, accessible on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov and on BlackRock’s website at http://www.blackrock.com, discuss these factors in more detail and identify additional factors that can affect forward-looking statements.

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