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These 3 ASX shares have been absolutely smashed during the last 12 months

The All Ordinaries (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) has had a difficult 12 months and experienced a series of ups and down. This has ultimately restricted its gain to just under 2%.

While that it a disappointment, spare a thought for the shareholders of the three shares listed below which are among the worst performers on the index during this time.

Here’s why they have been smashed over the last 12 months:

The Beadell Resources Ltd (ASX: BDR) share price is down a whopping 72% during the period despite the gold price rising strongly. Shareholders have been heading to the exits in their droves after the gold miner’s production at its Tucano mine fell well short of expectations. As well as this, although costs have been improving, its operations are nowhere near as profitable as many of its peers and investors appear to be disappointed that the company isn’t able to benefit as much from favourable selling prices.

The Retail Food Group Limited (ASX: RFG) share price has tumbled 80% lower over the last 12 months. The embattled food and beverage company was the subject of a series of negative media reports that weighed heavily on its share price performance and its brand image. This has many in the market concerned that the company could struggle to attract new franchises and even the renewal of existing franchises. As a result, there are concerns that its store network will reduce significantly over the next couple of years and lead to a sizeable drop in sales and profits. This could put it in danger of breaching debt covenants again. I would stay well clear of Retail Food Group.

The Slater & Gordon Limited (ASX: SGH) share price has lost 76% of its value since this time last year after the embattled law firm’s shareholders agreed to save the company through a highly dilutive recapitalisation plan. Its shares should arguably be down much more than this and even management appears to agree. It has reminded shareholders numerous times that its shares have been valued independently at a much lower price. KPMG has reportedly valued it at between 30 cents and $1.10 per share, whereas its share price last closed at $3.08. I would get out while I still could if I were a shareholder.

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