CUSIP ID Requests Forecast Surge in US Corporate Debt and Municipal Bond Issuance; Declines in International Debt Issuance

US Corporate Issuance up 14.6% and Muni Issuance up 13.5% from July 2011's Totals; International Debt Issuance Slumps to Slowest Pace Since April 2009

Sep 12, 2011, 08:45 ET from CUSIP Global Services

NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CUSIP Global Services (CGS) today announced the release of its CUSIP Issuance Trends Report for August 2011.  The report, which tracks the issuance of new security identifiers as an early indicator of debt and capital markets activity, suggests a surge in US corporate debt issuance over the next 30-90 days.

In the US, domestic corporate CUSIP requests climbed 5.7% for the period between May and August 2011 with 1851 identifier requests made in August alone. This marked the best monthly showing for 2011 and the strongest monthly count since March 2010 when 1915 identifier requests were received.  On a year-over-year basis, identifier requests are still up 5.9% from 2010, with a total of 13322 identifiers sought so far this year. Certificate of deposit identifier requests for intermediate maturities have decreased (-14.3%) year-over-year, while those for short-term maturities hold steady at 1.1%.  

Municipal debt CUSIP requests rebounded 13.5% from July's totals with 1101 new identifier requests made. However, year-to-date figures still remain down (-18.6%) from 2010. Long term and short term notes continued to decline with long term note CUSIP identifiers requests were off (-48.4%) and short term notes down (-3.4%) from 2010's figures.

In the international equity market, demand CUSIP requests snapped back with 42.5% over July's numbers with 325 identifier requests made. CUSIP requests for international debt however have continued to fall with only 60 identifiers requested in August, the lowest monthly count since April 2009. Year-over-year, international equity CUSIP requests are still up 1.4% and international debt CUSIP requests are up 28.2% for 2011.

"We're seeing a very interesting dynamic emerge in the global markets. With interest rates in the US practically at zero, companies will continue to borrow as much as they can for the foreseeable future," said Richard Peterson, Director, S&P Valuation and Risk Strategies.  "The same cannot be said for firms in Europe where continued uncertainty seems to have put many corporate debt issuers on hold."

To view a video commentary of this month's CUSIP issuance trends with Richard Peterson, please click here.

Following is a breakdown of new CUSIP identifier requests by asset class year-to-date through August 2011:

Asset Class

2011 ytd

2010 ytd

YOY Change

Int'l Debt(1)




Private Placement




US Corporates




Int'l Equity(2)




CDs < 1 yr Maturity




Short Term Note




CDs > 1 yr Maturity








Long Term Note




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

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

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