North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts September 2005 Book-to-Bill Ratio of 1.02

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.09 billion in orders in September 2005 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.02 according to the September 2005 Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.02 means that $102 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in September 2005 was $1.09 billion. The bookings figure is about one percent below the revised August 2005 level of $1.10 billion and 19 percent below the $1.35 billion in orders posted in September 2004.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in September 2005 was $1.07 billion. The billings figure is one percent above the revised August 2005 level of $1.06 billion and 26 percent below the September 2004 billings level of $1.44 billion.

"The book-to-bill ratio is above parity for the second month sequentially, with bookings and billings remaining essentially unchanged from the prior three-month average period," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "Chipmakers are currently maintaining conservative spending patterns although we see indications of improving capacity utilization levels."

    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          Bookings
                          (Three-month avg.) (Three-month avg.)  Book-to-Bill
     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                       1,078.2           1,007.3             0.93
     August 2005 (final)        1,055.5          1,103.3             1.05

     September 2005 (prelim.)   1,070.7           1,089.2             1.02

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.

Editors Note:

The October 2005 SEMI Book-to-Bill Report is scheduled for publication on November 17, 2005; 3:00 p.m. PDT (subject to change).

Independently from SEMI, The Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ) releases its January Book-to-Bill Report on approximately the same date. The SEAJ Book-to-Bill Report tracks billings and bookings worldwide of Japanese-headquartered semiconductor equipment manufacturers. For more information on the SEAJ data, visit www.seaj.or.jp

CONTACT: Dan Tracy, +1-408-943-7987, or Email Contact, or Jonathan
Davis, +1-408-943-6937, or Email Contact, both of SEMI

Web site: http://www.semi.org/




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