Chip fab tool book-to-bill holds steady for North American makers

November 18, 2011 -- North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $939.4 million in orders in October 2011, and billed $1.27 billion, bringing the book-to-bill ratio up a few ticks to 0.74, according to SEMI.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in October 2011 was $939.4 million: 1.4% more than September 2011 and 41.1% below the $1.59 billion seen in October 2010.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in October 2011 was $1.27 billion: 3.6% below September 2011 and 22.0% less than the October 2010 billings level of $1.62 billion.

“The recent period’s billings and bookings reflect the slowing capital investment in the industry that has been evident throughout the year,” said Denny McGuirk, president and CEO of SEMI. “While overall spending has declined, investments in NAND Flash, sub-30nm technology, and system LSI are on-going.”

 

Billings (3-mo. avg)

Bookings (3-mo. avg)

Book-to-Bill

Source: SEMI November 2011. Billings and bookings figures are in millions of US dollars.
May 2011

1,669.2

1,623.0

0.97

June 2011

1,640.2

1,540.4

0.94

July 2011

1,521.2

1,298.2

0.85

Aug 2011

1,457.7

1,162.4

0.80

Sept 2011 (final)

1,313.5

926.5

0.71

Oct 2011 (prelim)

1,266.0

939.4

0.74

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. A book-to-bill of 0.74 means that $74 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

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 a global industry association serving the nano- and micro-electronic manufacturing supply chains. For more information, visit www.semi.org.



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