December 18, 2008 18:00 ET

North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts November 2008 Book-to-Bill Ratio of 1.00

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - December 18, 2008) - North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $805 million in orders in November 2008 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.00 according to the November 2008 Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.00 means that $100 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in November 2008 was $805.4 million. The bookings figure is about four percent less than the final October 2008 level of $839.7 million, and about 29 percent less than the $1.13 billion in orders posted in November 2007.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in November 2008 was $807.3 million. The billings figure is about seven percent less than the final October 2008 level of $871.4 million, and about 42 percent less than the November 2007 billings level of $1.38 billion.

"The book-to-bill ratio reached parity as billings have declined sharper than bookings over the past six months," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "2008 is closing with expected declines on the year, which have been further exacerbated by the deepening seismic global economic situation over the past quarter."

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           Bookings           Book-to-Bill
                         (Three-month avg.) (Three-month avg.)

June 2008                1,159.8            934.2              0.81
July 2008                1,077.2            889.0              0.83
August 2008              1,064.5            866.8              0.81
September 2008           927.3              649.9              0.70
October 2008 (final)     871.4              839.7              0.96
November 2008 (prelim.)  807.3              805.4              1.00

Source: SEMI December 2008

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.

SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Bangalore, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

Editors Note:

Next SEMI Book-to-Bill: January 20, 2009; 3:00 p.m. PST

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