North American semiconductor equipment industry posts September 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 1.07

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.60 billion in orders worldwide in September 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.07, according to the September EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.07 means that $107 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

SEMI reports that the three-month average of worldwide bookings in September 2015 was $1.60 billion. The bookings figure is 4.1 percent lower than the final August 2015 level of $1.67 billion, and is 35.1 percent higher than the September 2014 order level of $1.19 billion.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in September 2015 was $1.50 billion. The billings figure is 4.6 percent lower than the final August 2015 level of $1.58 billion, and is 19.7 percent higher than the September 2014 billings level of $1.26 billion.

“Both bookings and billings trended slightly lower in the September three-month average compared to August,” said Denny McGuirk, president and CEO of SEMI. “While year-to-date billings through the first three quarters are above 2014 billings, uncertainty with semiconductor demand has dampened expectations with capex plans in the near-term.”

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. (Source: SEMI, October 2015.)

  Billings
(3-mo. avg)
Bookings
(3-mo. avg)
Book-to-Bill
April 2015 $1,515.3 $1,573.7 1.04
May 2015 $1,557.3 $1,546.2 0.99
June 2015 $1,554.9 $1,517.4 0.98
July 2015 $1,556.2 $1,587.3 1.02
August 2015 (final) $1,575.9 $1,670.1 1.06
September 2015 (prelim) $1,503.9 $1,602.3 1.07

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 SEMI Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS).

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