CUSIP ID Requests Forecast Surge in Global Capital Markets Activity

New Corporate and Muni Issuance Gains Momentum

May 16, 2014, 12:03 ET from CUSIP Global Services

NEW YORK, May 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CUSIP Global Services (CGS) today announced the release of its CUSIP Issuance Trends Report for April 2014.  The report, which tracks the issuance of new security identifiers as an early indicator of debt and capital markets activity, suggests an increase in new securities issuance through the second quarter of 2014.

Total CUSIP requests for new U.S. and Canadian corporate equity and debt issues posted a 9.6% monthly increase in April versus March, with a total of 2,212 new identifiers requested over the course of the month.  On a year-over-year basis, April's corporate CUSIP request volume was up 6.4%.

Municipal CUSIP volume continued to climb for the third straight month in April, with a 14.9% increase over March totals.  A total of 994 municipal bond IDs were requested in April, the best showing so far in 2014. Still, for the first four months of 2014, municipal identifier demand is down 27.6% compared to the first four months of 2013.

International debt and equity CUSIP International Numbers (CINS) requests have been on the rise throughout 2014, with total requests for new international equity CINS up 66.8% and international debt CINS requests up 12.1%.  On a month-to-month basis, international equity requests increased 3.9% from March to April and international equity CUSIP requests held flat over the same period.

"This may be the year when slow and steady wins the race," said Richard Peterson, Director, Global Markets Intelligence, S&P Capital IQ.  "While we've yet to see the dramatic surges in new request volume that we've seen in other post-recession years, the CUSIP Issuance Trends indicator is telling a consistent growth story as we head deeper into 2014."

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

Asset Class

2014 ytd

2013 ytd

YOY Change

International Equity[1]




International Debt[2]




U.S. & Canada Corporates[3]




Private Placement Notes[4]




CDs > 1 yr Maturity




CDs < 1 yr Maturity




Short Term Notes




Long Term Notes




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] "International" Debt refers to market requests for CUSIP International Numbers ("CINS") for non-U.S. debt offerings
[3] "U.S. & Canada Corporates" totals reflect requests for both equity and debt identifiers
[4] Private Placement Note identifiers are assigned for non-public instruments purchased by insurance companies

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