North American March 2006 Book-to-Bill: 1.04


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NORTH AMERICAN SEMICONDUCTOR EQUIPMENT INDUSTRY POSTS MARCH 2006 BOOK-TO-BILL RATIO OF 1.04

SAN JOSE, Calif. – April 18, 2006 – North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.35 billion in orders in March 2006 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.04 according to the March 2006 Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.04 means that $104 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in March 2006 was $1.35 billion. The bookings figure is almost five percent higher than the final February 2006 level of $1.29 billion and 37 percent higher than the $988 million in orders posted in March 2005.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in March 2006 was $1.30 billion. The billings figure is one percent above the final February 2006 level of $1.28 billion and two percent above the March 2005 billings level of $1.27 billion.

"The market continues to show strength, as evidenced by incremental growth in bookings and a second sequential month in which the book-to-bill ratio is above parity," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "This continued bookings growth and recent capital spending announcements reinforce industry optimism for a healthy upturn in 2006."

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
(Three-month avg.)

Bookings
(Three-month avg.)


Book-to-Bill

October 2005

1,145.9

1,093.9

0.95

November 2005

1,179.7

1,093.2

0.93

December 2005

1,223.6

1,142.7

0.93

January 2006

1,259.4

1,225.9

0.97

February 2006 (final)

1,283.3

1,293.2

1.01

March 2006 (prelim.)

1,297.5

1,354.6

1.04

The data contained in this release was 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.

SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that provide equipment, materials and services used to manufacture semiconductors, displays, nano-scaled structures, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related technologies. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.

ASSOCIATION CONTACTS:

Dan Tracy/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.7987
E-mail: dtracy@semi.org

Scott Smith/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.7957
E-mail: ssmith@semi.org