North American December 2005 Book-to-Bill: 0.96


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NORTH AMERICAN SEMICONDUCTOR EQUIPMENT INDUSTRY POSTS DECEMBER 2005 BOOK-TO-BILL RATIO OF 0.96

SAN JOSE, Calif., January 19, 2005 -- North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.14 billion in orders in December 2005 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.96 according to the December 2005 Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 0.96 means that $96 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in December 2005 was $1.14 billion. The bookings figure is just under five percent higher than the final November 2005 level of $1.09 billion and seven percent below the $1.24 billion in orders posted in December 2004.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in December 2005 was $1.19 billion. The billings figure is about half of a percent above the final November 2005 level of $1.18 billion and 10 percent below the December 2004 billings level of $1.32 billion.

"Bookings for North American-based semiconductor equipment providers continue to show strength for a third consecutive month," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "The positive momentum reflects growing confidence in the industry and indicates a positive outlook for the year ahead."

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 2005

1,078.2

1,007.3

0.93

August 2005

1,055.5

1,022.3

0.97

September 2005

1,088.2

984.1

0.90

October 2005

1,145.9

1,093.9

0.95

November 2005 (final)

1,179.7

1,093.2

0.93

December 2005 (prelim.)

1,186.5

1,144.0

0.96

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

Scott Smith/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.7957
E-mail: ssmith@semi.org