North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts March 2001 Book-to-Bill Ratio of 0.64

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International

    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive Press Release/ -- The
 North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted
 $1.3 billion in orders in March 2001 and a book-to-bill ratio of
 0.64, according to the April 2001 Express Report published today by
 Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI). A book-to-bill of
 0.64 means that orders were 36 percent lower than shipments for the month.
     The three-month average of worldwide bookings in March 2001 was
 $1.31 billion. The bookings figure is 23 percent below the revised
 February 2001 level of $1.69 billion and 49 percent below the $2.55 billion in
 orders posted in March 2000.
     The three-month average of worldwide shipments in March 2001 was
 $2.04 billion. The shipments figure is 11 percent below the revised
 February 2001 level of $2.29 billion but is 17 percent above the March 2000
 shipments level of $1.74 billion.
     "The March numbers reveal the continued erosion of bookings during the
 first quarter, which is not surprising given the continued softness in chip
 markets," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "Some analysts
 believe that pricing pressures could come into play during the third quarter,
 leading chip makers to make so-called 'technology buys' as they seek to lower
 costs through improved productivity."
     The SEMI book-to-bill is a ratio of three-month moving average bookings to
 three-month moving average shipments for the North American semiconductor
 equipment industry. Shipments and bookings figures are in millions of U.S.
 dollars.
 
                                      Shipments      Bookings     Book-to-Bill
     October 2000                      2,573.8        2,993.1         1.16
     November 2000                     2,422.3        2,707.3         1.12
     December 2000                     2,389.4        2,372.3         0.99
     January 2001 (final)              2,308.4        1,854.1         0.80
     February 2001 (rev.)              2,294.3        1,686.3         0.73
     March 2001 (prelim.)              2,038.4        1,305.1         0.64
 
     The data contained in this release was compiled by the independent public
 accounting firm of Arthur Andersen LLP, without audit, from data submitted
 directly by the participants. SEMI and Arthur Andersen LLP can assume no
 responsibility for the accuracy of the underlying data.
     The data are contained in a monthly Express Report published by SEMI that
 tracks shipments and orders worldwide of North American-based manufacturers of
 equipment used to manufacture semiconductor devices, not shipments and orders
 of the chips themselves. The May 2001 Express Report is scheduled for
 publication on May 22, 2001 (subject to change).
     Based in San Jose, Calif., SEMI is an international trade association
 serving more than 2,400 companies participating in the semiconductor and flat
 panel display equipment and materials markets. SEMI maintains offices in
 Austin, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo
 and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit SEMI on the Internet at
 www.semi.org.
 
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    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive Press Release/ -- The
 North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted
 $1.3 billion in orders in March 2001 and a book-to-bill ratio of
 0.64, according to the April 2001 Express Report published today by
 Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI). A book-to-bill of
 0.64 means that orders were 36 percent lower than shipments for the month.
     The three-month average of worldwide bookings in March 2001 was
 $1.31 billion. The bookings figure is 23 percent below the revised
 February 2001 level of $1.69 billion and 49 percent below the $2.55 billion in
 orders posted in March 2000.
     The three-month average of worldwide shipments in March 2001 was
 $2.04 billion. The shipments figure is 11 percent below the revised
 February 2001 level of $2.29 billion but is 17 percent above the March 2000
 shipments level of $1.74 billion.
     "The March numbers reveal the continued erosion of bookings during the
 first quarter, which is not surprising given the continued softness in chip
 markets," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "Some analysts
 believe that pricing pressures could come into play during the third quarter,
 leading chip makers to make so-called 'technology buys' as they seek to lower
 costs through improved productivity."
     The SEMI book-to-bill is a ratio of three-month moving average bookings to
 three-month moving average shipments for the North American semiconductor
 equipment industry. Shipments and bookings figures are in millions of U.S.
 dollars.
 
                                      Shipments      Bookings     Book-to-Bill
     October 2000                      2,573.8        2,993.1         1.16
     November 2000                     2,422.3        2,707.3         1.12
     December 2000                     2,389.4        2,372.3         0.99
     January 2001 (final)              2,308.4        1,854.1         0.80
     February 2001 (rev.)              2,294.3        1,686.3         0.73
     March 2001 (prelim.)              2,038.4        1,305.1         0.64
 
     The data contained in this release was compiled by the independent public
 accounting firm of Arthur Andersen LLP, without audit, from data submitted
 directly by the participants. SEMI and Arthur Andersen LLP can assume no
 responsibility for the accuracy of the underlying data.
     The data are contained in a monthly Express Report published by SEMI that
 tracks shipments and orders worldwide of North American-based manufacturers of
 equipment used to manufacture semiconductor devices, not shipments and orders
 of the chips themselves. The May 2001 Express Report is scheduled for
 publication on May 22, 2001 (subject to change).
     Based in San Jose, Calif., SEMI is an international trade association
 serving more than 2,400 companies participating in the semiconductor and flat
 panel display equipment and materials markets. SEMI maintains offices in
 Austin, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo
 and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit SEMI on the Internet at
 www.semi.org.
 
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