North American Semi Conductor Sales at 16.5 Billion

January 20, 2005
January, 2005-- North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.24 billion in orders in December 2004 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.95 according to the December 2004 Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 0.95 means that $95 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in December 2004 was $1.24 billion. The bookings figure is seven percent below the revised November 2004 level of $1.33 billion and 4.6 percent above the $1.18 billion in orders posted in December 2003.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in December 2004 was $1.31 billion. The billings figure is 2.6 percent below the revised November 2004 level and 36 percent above the December 2003 billings level of $963 million.

"Based on these preliminary figures, we now expect worldwide sales of new semiconductor equipment by North American suppliers to total $16.5 billion in 2004, an increase of more than 60 percent over the prior year," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "The cyclic bookings peak occurred in June 2004 and total bookings in December are 23 percent below that level."

The SEMI book-to-bill is a ratio of three-month moving averages ofworldwide bookings and billings for North American-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers. Billings and bookings figures are in millions of U.S. dollars.

American-headquartered manufacturers of equipment used to manufacture semiconductor devices, not billings and bookings of the chips themselves.

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