While plenty of high-yield opportunities exist, investors must always consider the safety of their dividend and the total return potential of their investment. It is not uncommon for a struggling company to suspend high-yielding dividends and subsequently result in precipitous share price declines.
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The following pages contain our analysis of 4 stocks with substantial yields, that ultimately, we have rated "Sell." Technical Communications (NASDAQ: TCCO) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.58%. Technical Communications Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, distributes, markets, and sells communications security devices and systems worldwide. The average volume for Technical Communications has been 4,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Technical Communications has a market cap of $7.7 million and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 7.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. TheStreet Ratings rates Technical Communications as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Highlights from the ratings report include:
- TECHNICAL COMMUNICATIONS CP has exprienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, TECHNICAL COMMUNICATIONS CP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.47 versus $1.22 in the prior year.
- The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Communications Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 133.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.93 million to -$0.31 million.
- Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Communications Equipment industry and the overall market, TECHNICAL COMMUNICATIONS CP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $0.11 million or 95.78% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
- Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 59.14%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 134.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
- You can view the full Technical Communications Ratings Report.