August 2005 North American Book-to-Bill: 1.05


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NORTH AMERICAN SEMICONDUCTOR EQUIPMENT INDUSTRY POSTS AUGUST 2005 BOOK-TO-BILL RATIO OF 1.05

SAN JOSE, Calif., September 20, 2005 -- North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.12 billion in orders in August 2005 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.05 according to the August 2005 Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.05 means that $105 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in August 2005 was $1.12 billion. The bookings figure is about 11 percent above the revised July 2005 level of $1.01 billion and 26 percent below the $1.51 billion in orders posted in August 2004.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in August 2005 was $1.07 billion. The billings figure is one percent below the revised July 2005 level of $1.08 billion and 29 percent below the August 2004 billings level of $1.50 billion.

"The book-to-bill ratio is above parity for the first time in a year driven in large part by orders for test and assembly equipment," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "While the wafer processing equipment segment has yet to see the same growth levels as the final manufacturing segment, our industry views the overall trend as a positive indicator."

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

March 2005

1,272.5

988.4

0.78

April 2005

1,239.2

998.8

0.81

May 2005

1,213.0

1,015.3

0.84

June

1,152.2

1,038.0

0.90

July 2005 (final)

1,078.2

1,007.3

0.93

August 2005 (prelim.)

1,065.9

1,115.4

1.05

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 provide equipment, materials and services used to manufacture semiconductors, displays, nano-scaled structures, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related technologies. 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