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North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts December 2006 Book-to-Bill Ratio of 1.05
25th January, 2007

North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.52 billion in orders in December 2006 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.05 according to the December 2006 Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.05 means that $105 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in December 2006 was $1.52 billion. The bookings figure is about seven percent higher than the final November 2006 level of $1.43 billion and 33 percent above the $1.14 billion in orders posted in December 2005.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in December 2006 was $1.45 billion. The billings figure is about two percent less than the final November 2006 level of $1.49 billion and over 18 percent higher than the December 2005 billings level of $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 T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "However, bookings have declined seven percent when viewed quarter over quarter."

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.

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, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.

Independently from SEMI, The Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ) releases its October 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.

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