North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts October 2010 Book-To-Bill Ratio of 0.98

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North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry
Posts October 2010 Book-To-Bill Ratio of 0.98

SAN JOSE, Calif. – November 18, 2010 – North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.59 billion in orders in October 2010 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.98, according to the October 2010 Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 0.98 means that $98 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in October 2010 was $1.59 billion. The bookings figure is 3.5 percent lower than the final September 2010 level of $1.65 billion, and is 110.7 percent above the $756.3 million in orders posted in October 2009.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in October 2010 was $1.62 billion. The billings figure is up 0.7 percent from the final September 2010 level of $1.61 billion, and is 133.7 percent above the October 2009 billings level of $694.1 million.

"The October book-to-bill ratio dipped below parity for the first time since June 2009 as continued billings strength was accompanied by a hesitation in new orders,” said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "The market for new equipment reflects seasonal softening and near-term respite in capital spending in some segments of the industry. However, bookings remain at more than double the figure reported one year ago and above the average figure reported during the 2006-2007 cycle.”

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.


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Source: SEMI November 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

Deborah Geiger/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.7988

Editor’s Note:

Next SEMI Book-to-Bill: December 16, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. PST
For information on SEAJ Book-to-Bill Report, visit

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