Book-to-bill ratio continues to improve

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.38 billion in orders worldwide in December 2013 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.02, according to the December EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.   A book-to-bill of 1.02 means that $102 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in December 2013 was $1.38 billion. The bookings figure is 11.1 percent higher than the final November 2013 level of $1.24 billion, and is 48.3 percent higher than the December 2012 order level of $927.4 million.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in December 2013 was $1.35 billion. The billings figure is 20.8 percent higher than the final November 2013 level of $1.11 billion, and is 33.8 percent higher than the December 2012 billings level of $1.0 billion.

“Through the final quarter of 2013, both bookings and billings continually improved,” said Denny McGuirk, president and CEO of SEMI.  ”The December three-month average bookings were at the highest level since June 2012 — a positive sign for the 2014 spending outlook.”

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.

 

Billings
(3-mo. avg)

Bookings
(3-mo. avg)

Book-to-Bill

July 2013

1,204.0

1,207.2

1.00

August 2013

1,081.9

1,063.9

0.98

September 2013

1,020.9

992.8

0.97

October 2013

1,071.0

1,124.5

1.05

November 2013 (final)

1,113.9

1,238.0

1.11

December 2013 (prelim)

1,345.7

1,375.1

1.02

Source: SEMI, January 2014; Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS)

 

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