3D NAND and 10nm investments drive equipment spending, book-to-bill data indicates

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.26 billion in orders worldwide in February 2016 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.05, according to the February EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.  A book-to-bill of 1.05 means that $105 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 February 2016 was $1.26 billion. The bookings figure is 3.7 percent lower than the final January 2016 level of $1.31 billion, and is 3.9 percent lower than the February 2015 order level of $1.31 billion.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in February 2016 was $1.20 billion. The billings figure is 1.3 percent lower than the final January 2016 level of $1.22 billion, and is 5.9 percent lower than the February 2015 billings level of $1.28 billion.

“The book-to-bill ratio has remained at or above parity for three months in a row,” said Denny McGuirk, president and CEO of SEMI. “The data indicate an improved spending trend in the second half of the year, driven by 3D NAND and 10nm investments.”

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

September 2015

$1,495.0

$1,554.9

1.04

October 2015

$1,358.6

$1,325.6

0.98

November 2015

$1,288.3

$1,236.6

0.96

December 2015

$1,349.9

$1,343.5

1.00

January 2016 (final)

$1,221.2

$1,310.9

1.07

February 2016 (prelim)

$1,204.8

$1,262.4

1.05

Source: SEMI (www.semi.org), March 2016

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