ICMA figures for first half 2007 bond market issuance

UK, London - 17 July 2007

The International Capital Market Association (ICMA) today released figures on new international bond market issues for the first half of 2007, showing that the total value of new issuance in this period was over US$ 1,814 billion. This figure shows a 13% increase in the value of new issuance compared with the figure for the first half of 2006.

The value of new issuance in the second quarter of 2007 was slightly down on the figure for the three months to the end of March, falling by 6% from US$ 937 billion to US$ 877 billion.

A chart showing the breakdown of new issuance by currency is available from ICMA’s website at. The figures include internationally issued debt with a life greater than one year, domestic debt is excluded.

Total market size in terms of outstanding international bonds, stands at US$ 11,358 billion (over US$ 11trillion) as at June 30, 2007.