The Spectranetics Corporation (NASDAQ: SPNC) and Cutera (NASDAQ:CUTR) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, earnings, profitabiliy, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for The Spectranetics Corporation and Cutera, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Spectranetics Corporation 0 5 2 0 2.29
Cutera 0 0 3 0 3.00

The Spectranetics Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $33.42, indicating a potential downside of 13.20%. Cutera has a consensus price target of $32.33, indicating a potential upside of 21.10%. Given Cutera’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Cutera is more favorable than The Spectranetics Corporation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares The Spectranetics Corporation and Cutera’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
The Spectranetics Corporation $277.62 million 6.03 -$16.31 million ($1.38) -27.90
Cutera $124.93 million 2.96 $4.14 million $0.26 102.69

Cutera has higher revenue, but lower earnings than The Spectranetics Corporation. The Spectranetics Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cutera, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares The Spectranetics Corporation and Cutera’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The Spectranetics Corporation -21.38% -63.11% -11.32%
Cutera 2.89% 9.21% 6.05%

Volatility & Risk

The Spectranetics Corporation has a beta of 1.55, indicating that its stock price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cutera has a beta of 0.6, indicating that its stock price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

92.3% of The Spectranetics Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.4% of Cutera shares are held by institutional investors. 3.7% of The Spectranetics Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.3% of Cutera shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Cutera beats The Spectranetics Corporation on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

The Spectranetics Corporation Company Profile

The Spectranetics Corporation develops, manufactures, markets and distributes single-use medical devices used in minimally invasive procedures within the cardiovascular system. The Company’s products are used to cross, prepare and treat arterial blockages in the heart and legs and to manage pacemaker and defibrillator cardiac leads. Its geographic segments are U.S. Medical and International Medical. Its product offerings in U.S. Medical segment include medical devices used in minimally invasive procedures within the cardiovascular system, including fiber-optic devices and non-fiber-optic products (disposables), an excimer laser system (equipment) and the service of the excimer laser system (service). Its products are used in multiple vascular procedures, including peripheral atherectomy, crossing arterial blockages, coronary atherectomy and thrombectomy. Its International Medical segment is primarily engaged in distribution activities.

Cutera Company Profile

Cutera, Inc. is a medical device company. The Company is engaged in the design, development, manufacture, marketing and servicing of laser and other energy-based aesthetics systems for practitioners across the world. The Company offers products based on product platforms, such as enlighten, excel HR, truSculpt, excel V and xeo, each of which enables physicians and other practitioners to perform aesthetic procedures for customers. Each of its laser and other energy-based platforms consists of one or more hand pieces and a console that incorporates a universal graphical user interface, a laser or other energy-based module, control system software and high voltage electronics. The Company also offers products, such as CoolGlide that includes CV, Excel and Vantage; Solera that includes Titan S, ProWave 770, OPS 600, LP560, AcuTip 500, Titan V/XL and LimeLight, and a third-party sourced system, myQ for the Japanese market.

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