CUSIP ID Requests Forecast Mixed Volume of New Security Issuance in Q1

U.S. Corporates Poised for Growth, Munis in Decline, International Corporates Mixed

Feb 19, 2014, 12:55 ET from CUSIP Global Services

NEW YORK, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CUSIP Global Services (CGS) today announced the release of its CUSIP Issuance Trends Report for January 2014.  The report, which tracks the issuance of new security identifiers as an early indicator of debt and capital markets activity, suggests a mixed bag of new issuance volume as we make our way into the first quarter of 2014.

Total CUSIP requests for new U.S. and Canadian corporate equity and debt issues posted a 3% monthly gain in January 2014 over December 2013, with a total of 2,071 new identifiers requested over the course of the first month of the year.  On a year-over-year basis, January's corporate CUSIP request volume was up 8.3%.

Municipal CUSIP continued to slide in January, down to 762 new requests in the month, compared with 874 in December 2014.  This was the sixth time in the past seven months that municipal CUSIP request volume failed to hit the 1,000 mark.  On a year-over-year basis, requests for new muni identifiers is down 23.4% versus January 2013. 

Internationally, debt and equity CUSIP International Numbers (CINS) requests, have been mixed so far in 2014.  While international equity CUSIP requests increased 70% from December to January, international debt CUSIP requests decreased 18.3% over the same period.

"Sentiment surrounding new security issuance reflects the overall sense of uncertainty that is prevalent in today's capital markets," said Richard Peterson, Director, Global Markets Intelligence, S&P Capital IQ.  "While the appetite for new U.S. corporate issuance remains strong, significant declines in municipal bond and international debt ID request volume underscore a 'wait-and-see' sensibility among many issuers."

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Following is a breakdown of new CUSIP identifier requests by asset class year-to-date through January 2014:


Asset Class                     

2014 ytd  

2013 ytd    

YOY Change

International Equity[1]          




Short Term Notes             




Long Term Notes            




CDs > 1 yr Maturity       




U.S. & Canada Corporates[2]       




Private Placement Notes[3]          




International Debt[4]               




CDs < 1 yr Maturity                  




Municipal Bonds        




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[1] "International" Equity refers to market requests for CUSIP International Numbers ("CINS") for non-U.S. equity offerings

[2] "U.S. & Canada Corporates" totals reflect requests for both equity and debt identifiers

[3] Private Placement Note identifiers are assigned for non-public instruments purchased by insurance companies

[4] "International" Debt refers to market requests for CUSIP International Numbers ("CINS") for non-U.S. debt offerings






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