April 2024 Securities Lending Revenue Down 20% YoY to $846 Million

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NEW YORK (May 2, 2024)—The global securities finance industry generated $846 million in revenue for lenders in April 2024, according to DataLend, the market data service of fintech EquiLend. The figure represents a 20% decrease from the $1.05 billion generated in April 2023.

Global broker-to-broker activity, where broker-dealers lend and borrow securities from each other, totaled an additional $242 million in revenue in April, down 13% year-over-year.

Global equity lending revenue declined due to lagging performance in the United States and EMEA. U.S. equities posted a sharp 28% decline in revenue year-over-year due to a 32% dip in fees. Trump Media & Technology Group (DJT), represented the security trading the most “special” on the month, but a limited supply of just 2.5 million lendable shares capped potential revenue. In EMEA, equity revenues were down 29% owing primarily to a 24% drop in balances.
APAC equity revenue was flat from 2023 thanks to improved revenue performance in Taiwan (+57%) and Japan (+7%). In Japan, a 28% increase in fees offset a 16% drop in balances. In Taiwan, a 57% increase in balances accounted for the improved revenue.

Global fixed income revenue declined 15% year-over-year due to flat sovereign lending performance but a steep 36% decline in corporate debt revenue. Corporate debt performance was down across the board, with investment-grade issuances generating 26% less revenue and high-yield issuances garnering 10% less revenue. The average fee for corps was down 41% globally, driving the overall dip.

The top five earning securities in April were Trump Media & Technology Group (DJT US), Lucid Group Inc. (LCID US), ImmunityBio Inc. (IBRX US), SGS SA (SGSN SE) and B Riley Financial (RILY US). The five securities in total generated over $67 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 200,000 securities, covering $35 trillion in lendable assets and $2.6 trillion in on-loan assets for the securities finance market. www.datalend.com

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. www.equilend.com