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Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturers Hold Steady

June 20, 2007

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts May 2007 book-to-bill ratio of 1.00.

SAN JOSE, CA /PRNewswire/ -- North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.67 billion in orders in May 2007 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.00 according to the May 2007 Book-to-Bill Report published by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.00 means that $100 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in May 2007 was $1.67 billion. The bookings figure is about six percent greater than the final April 2007 level of $1.57 billion and about three percent greater than the $1.62 billion in orders posted in May 2006.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in May 2007 was $1.67 billion. The billings figure is about five percent greater than the final April 2007 level of $1.59 billion and 15 percent greater than the May 2006 billings level of $1.45 billion.

"Bookings and billings remain at levels above a year ago, and there is relative equilibrium in the book-to-bill ratio, which has remained very near parity for half of a year," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "We are surveying member companies and will issue a new consensus forecast outlook for capital equipment next month during SEMICON West."

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.

(Three-month avg.)
(Three-month avg.)
December 20061,482.31,497.21.01
January 20071,448.01,445.81.00
February 20071,423.01,398.10.98
March 20071,436.41,419.60.99
April 2007 (final)1,594.71,567.50.98
May 2007 (prelim.)1,671.21,667.11.00

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, Silicon Valley, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit the SEMI Web site.

Editors Note:
The June 2007 SEMI Book-to-Bill Report is scheduled for publication on July 17, 2007; 3:00 p.m. PDT (subject to change).

Independently from SEMI, The Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ) releases its June 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. For more information on the SEAJ data, click here.

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