December 2004 North American Book-to-Bill: 0.95


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NORTH AMERICAN SEMICONDUCTOR EQUIPMENT INDUSTRY POSTS DECEMBER 2004 BOOK-TO-BILL RATIO OF 0.95

SAN JOSE, Calif., January 20, 2005 -- North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.24 billion in orders in December 2004 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.95 according to the December 2004 Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 0.95 means that $95 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in December 2004 was $1.24 billion. The bookings figure is seven percent below the revised November 2004 level of $1.33 billion and 4.6 percent above the $1.18 billion in orders posted in December 2003.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in December 2004 was $1.31 billion. The billings figure is 2.6 percent below the revised November 2004 level and 36 percent above the December 2003 billings level of $963 million.

"Based on these preliminary figures, we now expect worldwide sales of new semiconductor equipment by North American suppliers to total $16.5 billion in 2004, an increase of more than 60 percent over the prior year," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "The cyclic bookings peak occurred in June 2004 and total bookings in December are 23 percent below that level."

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.

 

Billings
(Three-month avg.)

Bookings
(Three-month avg.)


Book-to-Bill

July 2004

1,526.9

1,587.4

1.04

August 2004

1,497.8

1,510.8

1.01

September 2004

1,441.2

1,349.8

0.94

October 2004

1,430.6

1,373.1

0.96

November 2004 (final)

1,339.4

1,329.1

0.99

December 2004 (prelim.)

1,305.2

1,235.2

0.95

The data contained in this release was 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.

SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that develop and provide manufacturing technology and materials to the global semiconductor, flat panel display, MEMS and related microelectronics industries. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.

ASSOCIATION CONTACTS:

Dan Tracy/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.7987
E-mail: dtracy@semi.org

Jonathan Davis/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.6937
E-mail: jdavis@semi.org