October 16, 2008 18:05 ET

North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts September 2008 Book-to-Bill Ratio of 0.76

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - October 16, 2008) - North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $754 million in orders in September 2008 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.76 according to the September 2008 Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 0.76 means that $76 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in September 2008 was $754 million. The bookings figure is 13 percent less than the final August 2008 level of $867 million, and 39 percent less than the $1.24 billion in orders posted in September 2007.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in September 2008 was $990 million. The billings figure is seven percent less than the final August 2008 level of $1.06 billion, and about 36 percent less than the September 2007 billings level of $1.56 billion.

"The continued decline in capex spending is accompanied by a major global economic downturn that may have a significant impact on overall consumer electronics spending," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "Clearly, concern over these larger economic issues is restraining any immediate capacity investment plans."

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

April 2008                   1,337.3           1,090.3             0.82
May 2008                     1,313.0           1,029.3             0.78
June 2008                    1,159.8             934.2             0.81
July 2008                    1,077.2             889.0             0.83
August 2008 (final)          1,064.5             866.8             0.81
September 2008 (prelim.)       990.0             753.6             0.76

Source: SEMI October 2008

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 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, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

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    Editors Note:
    Next SEMI Book-to-Bill: November 18, 2008; 3:00 p.m. PDT
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