SEMI Reports July Book-to-Bill Ratio of 0.84

North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.44 billion in orders in July 2007 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.84 according to the July 2007 Book-to-Bill Report published by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 0.84 means that $84 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in July 2007 was $1.44 billion. The bookings figure is down 10 percent from the final June 2007 level of $1.61 billion and 17 percent less than the $1.73 billion in orders posted in July 2006.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in July 2007 was $1.71 billion. The billings figure down three percent from the final June 2007 level of $1.77 billion and four percent higher than the July 2006 billings level of $1.64 billion.

“The declining book-to-bill ratio is based on lower order levels for new semiconductor manufacturing equipment,” said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. “Orders have slowed from the strong levels observed in the first part of this year and are at levels last seen in November of 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.

(Three-month avg.)
(Three-month avg.)
February 2007 1,423.0 1,398.1 0.98
March 2007 1,436.4 1,419.6 0.99
April 2007 1,594.7 1,567.5 0.98
May 2007 1,670.2 1,641.9 0.98
June 2007 (final) 1,768.1 1,607.6 0.91
July 2007 (prelim.) 1,707.0 1,440.0 0.84
Source: SEMI August 2007

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, Silicon Valley, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.

The August 2007 SEMI Book-to-Bill Report is scheduled for publication on September 18, 2007; 3:00 p.m. PDT (subject to change).

Independently from SEMI, The Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ) releases its July Book-to-Bill Report on approximately the same date. The SEAJ Book-to-Bill Report tracks billings and bookings worldwide of Japanese-headquartered semiconductor equipment manufacturers.