North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts April 2012 Book-to-Bill Ratio of 1.10

SAN JOSE, Calif. — May 22, 2012 — North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.60 billion in orders in April 2012 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.10, according to the April Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.  A book-to-bill of 1.10 means that $110 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in April 2012 was $1.60 billion. The bookings figure is 10.7 percent higher than the final March 2012 level of $1.45 billion, and is essentially flat compared to orders posted in April 2011.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in April 2012 was $1.45 billion. The billings figure is 13.0 percent more than the final March 2012 level of $1.29 billion, and is 11.0 percent less than the April 2011 billings level of $1.64 billion.

“Equipment orders in April increased to the value last reported one year ago,” said Dan Tracy, senior director of Industry Research & Statistics at SEMI.  "Since the last book-to-bill report, indications of increased spending have come from both the foundry and packaging subcontractor segments.”

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.

 Month

Billings
(3-mo. avg)

Bookings
(3-mo.avg)

Book-to-Bill

Nov 2011

1,176.7

977.2

0.83

Dec 2011

1,300.0

1,102.9

0.85

Jan 2012

1,239.9

1,187.5

0.96

Feb 2012

1,322.8

1,336.9

1.01

March 2012 (final)

1,287.6

1,445.7

1.12

April 2012 (prelim)

1,454.7

1,600.7

1.10

Source: SEMI May 2012


The data contained in this release were 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. The Book-to-Bill report is one of three reports included with the Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS).

SEMI is the global industry association serving the nano- and micro-electronic manufacturing supply chains. SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Beijing, Bengaluru, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, 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
Email: dtracy@semi.org

Deborah Geiger/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.7988
Email: dgeiger@semi.org

Editor’s Note:

Next SEMI Book-to-Bill: June 21, 2012 at 3:00pm PDT

For information on SEAJ Book-to-Bill Report, visit www.seaj.or.jp

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