July 2005 North American Book-to-Bill: 0.93


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NORTH AMERICAN SEMICONDUCTOR EQUIPMENT INDUSTRY POSTS JULY 2005 BOOK-TO-BILL RATIO OF 0.93

SAN JOSE, Calif., August 19, 2005 -- North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.02 billion in orders in July 2005 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.93 according to the July 2005 Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 0.93 means that $93 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in July 2005 was $1.02 billion. The bookings figure is about two percent below the revised June 2005 level of $1.04 billion and 36 percent below the $1.59 billion in orders posted in July 2004.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in July 2005 was $1.10 billion. The billings figure is five percent below the revised June 2005 level of $1.15 billion and 28 percent below the July 2004 billings level of $1.53 billion.

"North American providers of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment continue to post overall bookings levels in 2005 that are below those in 2004 but stronger than the prior year," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "The current data suggests that semiconductor manufacturers continue to remain somewhat cautious about increased capital spending as we enter the second half of the year."

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

February 2005

1,330.6

1024.1

0.77

March 2005

1,272.5

988.4

0.78

April 2005

1,239.2

998.8

0.81

May 2005

1,213.0

1015.3

0.84

June 2005 (final)

1,152.2

1,038.0

0.90

July 2005 (prelim.)

1,097.4

1,020.7

0.93

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