CUSIP ID Requests Signal Slowdown in Corporate and Muni Bond Issuance

Hurricane, holidays and market uncertainty conspire to curb new identifier requests in November

Dec 17, 2012, 13:18 ET from CUSIP Global Services

NEW YORK, Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CUSIP Global Services (CGS) today announced the release of its CUSIP Issuance Trends Report for November 2012.  The report, which tracks the issuance of new security identifiers as an early indicator of debt and capital markets activity, suggests a slowdown in new market volume globally over the next 30-60 days, with US corporates, municipals and international debt and equity all signaling a pull-back in new issuance. 

CUSIP requests for US corporate securities decreased 9% in November, with 1,568 new CUSIP IDs requested in the month, versus 1,717 in October.  Total US corporate CUSIP requests are still up 1.3% on a year-over-year basis. 

Municipal CUSIP requests slumped 2% in November, with a total of 1,568 new IDs requested industry-wide, led by a sharp drop in sort term municipal note volume.  Excluding note and other security types, municipal CUSIP activity notched a 4% increase in month-over-month volume in November.  On a year-over-year basis, municipal CUSIP demand is still up by more than 27.8%, representing one of the strongest advances in CUSIP requests this year across all asset classes.

Internationally, debt and equity CUSIP requests pulled back during the month of November, decreasing 21% and 9%, respectively.  For the year-to-date period, international equity requests are off by more than -26%, while international debt CUSIP requests show a 20.6% gain.

"Whether it was the result of Hurricane Sandy's disruption of financial markets, a holiday-shortened month or continued uncertainty surrounding the fiscal cliff, the month of November saw declines in identifier requests across a number of security classes," said Richard Peterson, Director, Global Markets Intelligence, S&P Capital IQ.  "It is not yet clear if this is a one-time anomaly or a sign of a more substantial slowdown in capital markets issuance, but it is a set of data we are watching very closely."

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Following is a breakdown of new CUSIP identifier requests by asset class year-to-date through November 2012:

Asset Class     

    2012 ytd

2011 ytd

YOY Change

Long Term Note     








Int'l Debt[1]     




Private Placement     




CDs < 1 yr Maturity    




US Corporates       




CDs > 1 yr Maturity     




Short Term Note   




Int'l Equity[2]     




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[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

SOURCE CUSIP Global Services