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8 High-Yield Stocks With a Negative 1-Year Performance

- By Tiziano Frateschi

According to the GuruFocus All-in-One Screener, the following stocks have high dividend yields but performed poorly over the past 12 months.

United-Guardian Inc.'s (UG) dividend yield is 4.96% with a payout ratio of 1.73%. Over the past 52 weeks however, the price declined 23.1%, and the stock is now trading with a price-earnings (P/E) ratio of 30.90 and a price-sales (P/S) ratio of 7.2.


The company has a market cap of $69.60 million. Through its Guardian Laboratories Division, it manufactures and markets cosmetic ingredients, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, medical and health care products and specialty industrial products.

The profitability rating is 7 of 10. The return on equity (ROE) of 14.90% and a return on assets (ROA) of 13.52% are outperforming the industry and are ranked higher than 73% of competitors. Financial strength has a rating of 9 of 10. With no debt, it is outperforming 99% of competitors, and the equity-asset ratio of 0.90 is above the industry median of 0.52.

Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio) is the largest investor among the gurus with 4.18% of outstanding shares, followed by Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio) with 3.52%.

Atlantic American Corp.'s (AAME) dividend yield is 0.55% with a payout ratio of 0.4%. Over the past 52 weeks, the price has falledn 18.3%, and the stock is now trading with a P/E ratio of 73.2 and a P/S ratio of 0.4.

The company has a market cap of $74.62 million. It is a holding company that operates through its subsidiaries in markets within the life and health and property and casualty insurance industries.

The profitability rating is 6 of 10. The ROE of 0.95% and ROA of 0.45% are underperforming the industry and are ranked higher than 89% of competitors. Financial strength has a rating of 6 of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.35 is underperforming 90% of competitors, and the equity-asset ratio of 0.34 is above the industry median of 0.09.

The company's largest shareholder among the gurus is Simons with 0.23% of outstanding shares.

AstroNova Inc.'s (ALOT) dividend yield is 2.04% with a payout ratio of 0.49%. Over the past 52 weeks, the price has declined 8.3%, and the stock is now trading with a P/E ratio of 24.0 and a P/S ratio of 1.1.

The company has a market cap of $102.38 million. It designs, develops, manufactures and distributes specialty printers and data acquisition and analysis systems that acquire, store, analyze and present data in multiple formats.

The profitability rating is 8 of 10. The ROE of 6.28% and ROA of 5.33% are outperforming the industry and rank higher than 54% of competitors. Financial strength has a rating of 10 of 10. With no debt, it is out performing 98% of competitors, and the equity-asset ratio of 0.85 is above the industry median of 0.57.

John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio) is the largest investor among the gurus with 1.81% of outstanding shares, followed by Simons with 1.9%.

Strattec Security Corp.'s (STRT) dividend yield is 1.76% with a payout ratio of 0.26%. Over the past 52 weeks, the price has fallen 31.9%, and the stock is now trading with a P/E ratio of 25.0 and a P/S ratio of 0.3.

The company has a market cap of $108.71 million. It designs, develops, manufactures and markets mechanical locks, electronically enhanced locks and keys. It also produces ignition lock housings and access control products, including latches, power sliding door systems and door handles.

The profitability rating is 6 of 10. The ROE of 3.10% and a ROA of 1.80% are underperforming the industry and are ranked lower than 73% of competitors. Financial strength has a rating of 7 of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.41 is underperforming 55% of competitors, and the equity-asset ratio of 0.57 is above the industry median of 0.49.

The company's largest shareholder among the gurus is Chuck Royce (Trades, Portfolio) with 14.29% of outstanding shares, followed by Gabelli with 0.57%, Rogers with 0.34% and Simons with 0.26%.

Tessco Technologies Inc.'s (TESS) dividend yield is 5.57% with a payout ratio of 20%. Over the past 52 weeks, the price has declined 7.1%, and the stock is now trading with a P/E ratio of 358.8 and a P/S ratio of 0.2.

The company has a market cap of $118.28 million. It delivers products and solutions to support wireless systems. It offers products in four categories: base station infrastructure, network systems, installation, test and maintenance and mobile devices and accessories.

The profitability rating is 4 of 10. While the ROE of 0.27% is outperforming the sector, the ROA of 0.17% is underperforming the industry and is ranked lower than 62% of competitors. Financial strength has a rating of 8 of 10. With no debt, it is out performing 76% of competitors, and the equity-asset ratio of 0.61 is above the industry median of 0.59.

Royce with 7.15% of outstanding shares is the largest investor among the gurus, followed by Simons with 4.32%.

Sify Technologies Ltd ADR.'s (SIFY) dividend yield is 1.69% with a payout ratio of 0.28%. Over the past 52 weeks, the price has dropped 9.6%, and the stock is now trading with a P/E ratio of 14.7 and a P/S ratio of 0.5.

The company has a market cap of $157.11 billion. It is an integrated internet, network and electronic commerce services company offering end-to-end solutions with services delivered over a common internet backbone infrastructure.

The profitability rating is 2 of 10. Its ROE of 12.48% and ROA of 5.04% are outperforming the industry and are ranked higher than 66% of competitors. Financial strength has a rating of 6 of 10. With no debt, it is outperforming 87% of competitors, and the equity-asset ratio of 0.39 is below the industry median of 0.40.

The company's largest shareholder among the gurus is Simons with 0.12% of outstanding shares.

Stein Mart Inc.'s (SMRT) dividend yield is 8.62% with a payout ratio of 1.2%. Over the past 52 weeks, the price has fallen 42.5%, and the stock is now trading with a P/E ratio of 14.5 and a P/S ratio of 0.1.

The company has a market cap of $163.20 million. It is a national retailer engaged in providing fashion merchandise, service and presentation of a department or specialty store at prices competitive with off-price retail chains.

The profitability rating is 6 of 10. The ROE of 14.04% is outperforming the sector and the ROA of 2.05% is underperforming 54% of competitors. Financial strength has a rating of 5 of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.08 is underperforming 89% of competitors, and the equity-asset ratio of 0.12 is below the industry median of 0.49.

Royce with 5.14% of outstanding shares is the largest investor among the gurus, followed by Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss with 0.58%, Discovery Group I LLC with 0.23% and Simons with 0.07%.

Nuveen AZ Premium Income Muni Fund 's (NAZ) dividend yield is 4.97% with a payout ratio of 0.46%. Over the past 52 weeks, the price has declined 7.2%, and the stock is now trading with a P/E ratio of 9.0 and a P/S ratio of 15.7.

The company has a market cap of $164.57 million. It is a closed-end investment company. The company's investment objective is to provide an attractive level of total return, primarily through long-term capital appreciation and secondarily through income and gains.

The profitability rating is 5 of 10. The ROE of 10.50% and ROA of 6.98% are outperforming the industry and are ranked higher than 71% of competitors. Financial strength has a rating of 8 of 10. With no debt, it is outperforming 72% of competitors, and the equity-asset ratio of 0.65 is below the industry median of 0.83.

Disclosure: I do not own any shares of any stocks mentioned in this article.

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