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Semicon equipment saw increase in book-to-bill ratio in December

Posted: 23 Jan 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:semicon equipment  semiconductor equipment  book-to-bill update  book-to-bill report  semicon products 

Despite a sudden drop in bookings, North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio of 1.05 in December of 2006, up from 0.95 in November of last year, according to SEMI.

A book-to-bill of 1.05 means that Rs.4,758.60 ($105) worth of orders were received for every Rs.4,532 ($100) of product billed for the month. 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.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in December 2006 was Rs.6,888.64 crore ($1.52 billion). The bookings figure is about seven per cent higher than the final November 2006 level of Rs.6,480.76 crore ($1.43 billion) and 33 per cent above the Rs.5,166.48 crore ($1.14 billion) in orders posted in December 2005.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in December 2006 was Rs.6,571.40 crore ($1.45 billion). The billings figure is about two per cent less than the final November 2006 level of Rs.6,752.68 crore ($1.49 billion) and over 18 per cent higher than the December 2005 billings level of Rs.5,529.04 crore ($1.22 billion).

"The three month average trends for North American semiconductor equipment bookings and billings diverged in December, with a slight decrease in billings and an uptick in bookings," said Stanley Myers, president and CEO of SEMI, in a statement. "However, bookings have declined seven per cent when viewed quarter over quarter."

After starting off 2006 with what one market watcher called a "roar" and ending it with a "whimper," the semiconductor industry looks to be opening 2007 with crossed fingers. The industry managed modest growth last year and should again post moderate gains this year of 5 to 12 per cent, according to chip forecasters polled by EE Times.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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