Filed by BlackRock Floating Rate Income Strategies Fund, Inc.
pursuant to Rule 425 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended
and deemed filed pursuant to Rule 14a-6
under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended
Subject Company: BlackRock Diversified Income Strategies Fund, Inc.
Commission File No. 811-21637
BlackRock Announces Closing of Closed-End Fund Reorganizations
New York, October 8, 2012 BlackRock Advisors, LLC today announced that the reorganization of each of BlackRock Diversified Income Strategies Fund, Inc. (NYSE:DVF) and BlackRock Floating Rate Income Strategies Fund II, Inc. (NYSE:FRB) with and into BlackRock Floating Rate Income Strategies Fund, Inc. (NYSE:FRA) (collectively, the Reorganizations) is effective as of the opening for business of the New York Stock Exchange on October 8, 2012.
In the Reorganizations, each of FRB and DVF was reorganized with and into FRA. Common shareholders of FRB and DVF, respectively, received an amount of FRA common shares equal to the aggregate net asset value of their holdings of FRB and/or DVF common shares, as applicable, as determined at the close of business on October 5, 2012. Fractional FRA shares were not issued in the Reorganizations and consequently cash will be distributed for any such fractional amounts.
Relevant details pertaining to the Reorganizations are as follows:
BlackRock Floating Rate Income Strategies Fund, Inc. (FRA)
BlackRock Floating Rate Income Strategies Fund II, Inc. (FRB)
BlackRock Diversified Income Strategies Fund, Inc. (DVF)
This communication is not intended to, and shall not, constitute an offer to purchase or sell shares of any of the BlackRock funds, including FRA, the surviving fund in the Reorganizations. Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of their fund(s) carefully and consider in its entirety the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus relating to the Reorganizations which contains important information regarding the investment objectives and policies, risks, charges, expenses and other important information about FRA.
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