Compustat database & non-US data

Based on a query from a student I investigated a problem getting output for some variables in the Compustat Global Fundamentals Annual database. I tried to get data for a selection of Dutch and UK companies for the variables: Long-Term Debt – Issuance (DLTIS), and Long-Term Debt – Reduction (DLTR).
No matter what I did, I just could not get data for these variables for the past 10 years.

Many of the regular variables (Total Assets, Revenue, etc.) were not a problem. I studied the manual but this also gave no indication of what I needed to do. Screening variables also did not seem to be causing the problem.

In the end I contacted the the Capital IQ company to ask what the solution was. It turns out that the two variables I was looking for had their origin in filings done with the SEC in America. If I needed data for Dutch or UK companies all I need do is load a list of Global Company Keys (GVKEYs) as a text file in Compustat North America Fundamentals Annual and download the data items there. This was not what I expected but it is good to know the data is available.

N.B.: In Compustat Global you need to download the ISO Currency code as well as the data etc. to know in what currency the data is made available in the database. The data from Compustat North America is reported in US Dollar.

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