North American May 2006 Book-to-Bill: 1.12


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NORTH AMERICAN SEMICONDUCTOR EQUIPMENT INDUSTRY POSTS MAY 2006 BOOK-TO-BILL RATIO OF 1.12

SAN JOSE, Calif. – June 15, 2006 – North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.65 billion in orders in May 2006 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.12 according to the May 2006 Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.12 means that $112 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in May 2006 was $1.65 billion. The bookings figure is three percent higher than the final April 2006 level of $1.60 billion and over 62 percent higher than the $1.02 billion in orders posted in May 2005.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in May 2006 was $1.48 billion. The billings figure is about three percent above the final April 2006 level of $1.44 billion and over 22 percent above the May 2005 billings level of $1.21 billion.

"Semiconductor fabrication facilities worldwide are utilizing high levels of available manufacturing capacity and equipment bookings have been steadily increasing,” said Dan P. Tracy, Ph.D., senior director of Industry Research and Statistics at SEMI. "Total bookings for North American-based equipment makers remained strong into the second quarter and are well above the same period last 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

December 2005

1,223.6

1,142.7

0.93

January 2006

1,259.4

1,225.9

0.97

February 2006

1,283.3

1,293.2

1.01

March 2006

1,338.7

1,385.3

1.03

April 2006 (final)

1,441.4

1,604.4

1.11

May 2006 (prelim.)

1,481.3

1,652.1

1.12

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