The annual earnings of a security per share at a given time divided into its price per share. It is the inverse of the more common price-earnings ratio. Often, the earnings one uses are trailing 12-month earnings, but some analysts use other forms. The earnings-price ratio is a way to help determine a security's stock valuation, that is, the fair value of a stock in a perfect market. It is also a measure of expected, but not realized, growth. It may be used in place of the price-earnings ratio if, say, there are no earnings (as one cannot divide by zero). It is also called the earnings yield or the earnings capitalization ratio.
See earnings-price ratio.