CUSIP ID Requests Forecast Surge in U.S. Capital Markets Activity

With U.S. Issuance Poised for New Highs, International Markets Show Signs of Slowdown

Jun 12, 2014, 11:38 ET from CUSIP Global Services

NEW YORK, June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CUSIP Global Services (CGS) today announced the release of its CUSIP Issuance Trends Report for May 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 U.S. securities issuance and a slowdown in international issuance through the second quarter of 2014.

Total CUSIP requests for new U.S. and Canadian corporate equity and debt issues posted a 7% monthly increase in May versus April, with a total of 4,083 new identifiers requested over the course of the month, the strongest single month performance of the year.  On a year-over-year basis, May's corporate CUSIP request volume was up 2.9%.

Municipal CUSIP volume continued to climb for the fourth straight month in May, with a 21.9% increase over April totals.  A total of 1,239 municipal bond IDs were requested in May, the best showing so far in 2014. The largest volume of new municipal bond ID requests for the month was driven by Texas and New York. Still, despite these increases, municipal identifier demand is down 26% on a year-over-year basis.

International debt and equity CUSIP International Numbers (CINS) requests declined this month after several steady months of increasing volumes.  Total requests for new international equity CINS fell 18.5% and international debt CINS requests fell 2.5% from April to May.  On a year-over-year basis, international equity requests are still up 55.4% and international debt CUSIP requests are up 13.7% in 2014.

"With the market recovery now well underway in the U.S., corporate and municipal issuers are clearly taking advantage of the still favorable interest rate environment to access the capital markets," said Richard Peterson, Director, Global Markets Intelligence, S&P Capital IQ.  "Internationally, we're still seeing hiccups in monthly volumes that indicate a lingering sense of uncertainty among issuers."

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


Asset Class 

 2014 ytd 

2013 ytd

YOY Change

International Equity1




International Debt2




U.S. & Canada Corporates3




CDs < 1 yr Maturity




Private Placement Notes4




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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