Friday, November 18, 2011

N. Americon semicon makers post October book-to-bill ratio of 0.74

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 18): North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$939.4 million in orders in October 2011 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.74, according to the US-based Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturers Industry association.

A book-to-bill of 0.74 means that US$74 worth of orders were received for every US$100 of product billed for the month.

In its October book-to-bill report published on Nov 17, SEMI said the bookings figure was 1.4% more than the final September 2011 level of US$926.5 million, and was 41.1% below the US$1.59 billion in orders posted in October 2010.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in October 2011 was US$1.27 billion.

The billings figure is 3.6% less than the final September 2011 level of US$1.31 billion, and is 22% less than the October 2010 billings level of US$1.62 billion.

SEMI president and chief executive officer Denny McGuirk said the recent period's billings and bookings reflected the slowing capital investment in the industry that had been evident throughout the year.

'While overall spending has declined, investments in NAND Flash, sub-30nm TECHNOLOGY [], and system LSI are on-going,' said McGuirk.

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.

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