Book-to-bill climbs above parity in November

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.22 billion in orders worldwide in November 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.02, according to the November EMDS 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 November 2014 was $1.22 billion. The bookings figure is 10.4 percent higher than the final October 2014 level of $1.10 billion, and is 1.7 percent lower than the November 2013 order level of $1.24 billion.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in November 2014 was $1.19 billion. The billings figure is 0.5 percent higher than the final October 2014 level of $1.18 billion, and is 6.8 percent higher than the November 2013 billings level of $1.11 billion.

“”With the rise in bookings, the book-to-bill ratio climbed above parity in November,”” said SEMI president and CEO Denny McGuirk. “”2014 has been a solid growth year for the semiconductor equipment market, and we expect the foundry and memory sector to continue leading investments in 2015.””

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 2014 

$1,327.5

$1,455.0

1.10

July 2014 

$1,319.1

$1,417.1

1.07

August 2014 

$1,293.4

$1,346.1

1.04

September 2014 

$1,256.5

$1,186.2

0.94

October 2014 (final)

$1,184.2

$1,102.3

0.93

November 2014 (prelim)

$1,189.8

$1,217.1

1.02

Source: SEMI, December 2014

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