CUSIP ID Requests Project High Volume US Corporate Debt Issuance in Early 2012
Calendar Year US Corporate CUSIP Requests Top 20,000 for First Time Since 2008
PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Jan. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CUSIP Global Services (CGS) today announced the release of its CUSIP Issuance Trends Report for December 2011.  The report, which tracks the issuance of new security identifiers as an early indicator of debt and capital markets activity, suggests strong volume in US corporate debt issuance over the next 30-90 days.

In the US, December marked the second busiest month in 2011 for domestic corporate CUSIP requests with a total of 1,770. Overall, 2011's total figure of 20,646 new CUSIP identifier requests represented a 4.4% year-over-year increase when compared with 2010. This was also the first year since 2008 when full year CUSIP request totals exceeded the 20,000 mark. Meanwhile, certificate of deposit identifier requests for intermediate maturities have decreased (-18.3%) year-over-year, while those for short-term maturities decreased (-5.1%).  

Despite a strong fourth quarter, municipal debt CUSIP requests declined (-18%) in 2011 with only 13,317 made for the calendar year. Short term notes increased 2% in 2011 compared with 2010 figures while long-term notes continued to slide with only 382 identifier requests made this year pushing year-over-year volume down (-49.8%) from 2010.

International equity CUSIP volume slowed in December with only 201 requests made, the slowest month since June 2009. International debt CUSIP orders remained tepid, failing to top the 100 mark for the sixth consecutive month. Year-over-year, international equity CUSIP requests are down (-8.7%) and international debt CUSIPs increased 2.1% from 2010 figures.

"Mirroring the ongoing anxiety and heightened volatility in the European financial markets, international debt and equity CUSIP activity slowed in the second half of 2011, but we're continuing to see serious demand among US corporate debt issuers," said Richard Peterson, Director, S&P Capital IQ.  "Like most economic indicators, our CUSIP Issuance Trends data is painting a cautiously optimistic picture for capital markets activity in the first quarter of 2012; we will continue to monitor the situation closely."

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 December 2011:

Asset Class

 2011 ytd

2010 ytd

YOY Change

Private Placement




US Corporates




Int'l Debt[1]




Short Term Note




CDs < 1 yr Maturity




Int'l Equity[2]








CDs > 1 yr Maturity




Long Term Note




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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