May 2005 North American Book-to-Bill: 0.85


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NORTH AMERICAN SEMICONDUCTOR EQUIPMENT INDUSTRY POSTS MAY 2005 BOOK-TO-BILL RATIO OF 0.85

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 16, 2005 -- North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.03 billion in orders in May 2005 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.85 according to the May 2005 Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 0.85 means that $85 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in May 2005 was $1.03 billion. The bookings figure is 2.7 percent above the revised April 2005 level of $998.8 million and 34 percent below the $1.56 billion in orders posted in May 2004.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in May 2005 was $1.21 billion. The billings figure is 2.6 percent below the revised April 2005 level of $1.24 billion and 15 percent below the May 2004 billings level of $1.41 billion.

"While some semiconductor manufacturing equipment segments have improved, overall bookings levels have remained relatively constant over the past several months," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "Total orders for new equipment are lower in comparison to the same period in 2004. However, last year was a tremendously strong growth year and current booking levels are significantly higher than they were in the 2002 and 2003 timeframe."

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

December 2004

1,317.3

1,235.7

0.94

January 2005

1,258.6

986.4

0.78

February 2005

1,330.6

1,024.1

0.77

March 2005

1,272.5

988.4

0.78

April 2005 (final)

1,239.2

998.8

0.81

May 2005 (prelim.)

1,207.4

1,025.4

0.85

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