North America Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts February 2010 Book-to-Bill Ratio of 1.22

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North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts February 2010 Book-to-Bill Ratio of 1.22

SAN JOSE, Calif. – March 18, 2010 – North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.23 billion in orders in February 2010 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.22, according to the February 2010 Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.22 means that $122 worth of orders was received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in February 2010 was $1.23 billion. The bookings figure is up 4.5 percent from the final January 2010 level of $1.18 billion, and 376.7% above the $258.4 million in orders posted in February 2009.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in February 2010 was $1.01 billion. The billings figure is 5.7 percent greater than the final January 2010 level of $957.6 million, and 92.5 percent more than the February 2009 billings level of $525.5 million.

"The book-to-bill ratio has been above parity for eight months in a row, and three-month average order figures are in the range last reported in late 2007,” said Dan P. Tracy, senior director, SEMI Industry Research and Statistics, "Year-over-year comparisons are dramatic in comparison to the very low figures reported in the first quarter of 2009.”

The SEMI book-to-bill is a ratio of three-month moving averages of worldwide bookings and billings for North American-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers. Billings and bookings figures are in millions of U.S. dollars.


(Three-month avg.)

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September 2009




October 2009




November 2009




December 2009




January 2010 (final)




February 2010 (prelim)




Source: SEMI February 2010

The data contained in this release were compiled by David Powell, Inc., an independent financial services firm, without audit, from data submitted directly by the participants. SEMI and David Powell, Inc. assume no responsibility for the accuracy of the underlying data.

The data are contained in a monthly Book-to-Bill Report published by SEMI. The report tracks billings and bookings worldwide of North American-headquartered manufacturers of equipment used to manufacture semiconductor devices, not billings and bookings of the chips themselves. The Book-to-Bill report is one of three reports included with the Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS).

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Association Contacts

Dan Tracy/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.7987

Steve Buehler/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.7049

Editors Note:
Next SEMI Book-to-Bill: April 20, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. PST
For information on SEAJ Book-to-Bill Report, visit

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