DataLend: November 2023 Securities Lending Revenue Down 4% YoY to $781 Million

DataLend: November 2023 Securities Lending Revenue Down 4% YoY to $781 Million

VMware acquisition fuels U.S. equity lending market

December 5, 2023

NEW YORK (Dec. 5, 2023)—The global securities finance industry generated $781 million in revenue for lenders in November 2023, according to DataLend, the market data service of fintech EquiLend. The figure represents a 4% decrease from the $811 million generated in November 2022. 

Global broker-to-broker activity, where broker-dealers lend and borrow securities from each other, totaled an additional $215 million in revenue in November, up 3% year-over-year. 

Month-over-month, the $781 million in revenue generated for lenders in November represented a 4% increase from the $751 million generated in October 2023. 

November saw a continuation of macro trends with a stark drop in EMEA lending revenue accounting for the overall decline. Total revenue in the region was down 38% year-over-year with fees and balances declining 18% and 19% respectively. Equities saw a bigger dip than fixed income with lending revenue declining 48%.  

In contrast to lagging equity performance in EMEA, North America and APAC both experienced 11% year-over-year growth in equity lending revenue. The acquisition of cloud-computing firm VMware (VMW) by chipmaker Broadcom (AVGO) helped spur a resurgence in U.S. “specials” (loans at 500+ basis points). Lending in VMW generated over $50 million in lending revenue, contributing to a 45% growth in “specials” month-over-month. 

Fixed income saw a decline in revenue across all regions. Sovereign debt experienced a 12% reduction in year-over-year revenue, while corporates fell 8%. 

The top five earning securities in November were VMware Inc. (VMW US), Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (SIRI US), Cassava Sciences Inc. (SAVA US), Lucid Group Inc. (LCID US) and CAVA Group (CAVA US). The five securities in total generated over $113 million in revenue for the month.

About DataLend

DataLend, the market data service within EquiLend’s Data & Analytics Solutions group, tracks daily market movements across more than 62,000 unique securities in the $2.5 trillion securities finance market. 

About EquiLend

EquiLend is a global financial technology firm offering Trading, Post-Trade, Data & Analytics, RegTech and Platform Solutions for the securities finance industry. EquiLend has offices in North America, EMEA and Asia-Pacific and is regulated in jurisdictions around the globe. The company is Great Place to Work Certified™ in the U.S., UK, Ireland and India and was named Best Post-Trade Service Provider Globally, Best Market Data Provider Globally and awarded for its Diversity & Inclusion in the Securities Finance Times Industry Excellence Awards 2023.

Christopher Gohlke
Marketing & Communications, EquiLend
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