Book-to-bill: Year-end activity substantially stronger compared to last year

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.24 billion in orders worldwide in November 2013 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.11, according to the November EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.   A book-to-bill of 1.11 means that $111 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in November 2013 was $1.24 billion. The bookings figure is 10.1 percent higher than the final October 2013 level of $1.12 billion, and is 72.3 percent higher than the November 2012 order level of $718.6 million.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in November 2013 was $1.11 billion. The billings figure is 4.0 percent higher than the final October 2013 level of $1.07 billion, and is 22.4 percent higher than the November 2012 billings level of $910.1 million.

“The continuing rise in equipment bookings clearly points to year-end order activity that is substantially stronger compared to one year ago,” said Denny McGuirk, president and CEO of SEMI.  ”This trend supports the current outlook showing a rebound in equipment spending for 2014.”

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
(3-mo. avg)

Bookings
(3-mo. avg)

Book-to-Bill

June 2013

1,213.7

1,334.2

1.10

July 2013

1,204.0

1,207.2

1.00

August 2013

1,081.9

1,063.9

0.98

September 2013

1,020.9

992.8

0.97

October 2013 (final)

1,071.0

1,124.5

1.05

November 2013 (prelim)

1,113.6

1,237.9

1.11

Source: SEMI, December 2013

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 SEMI Book-to-Bill report is one of three reports included with the Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS).

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