Head-To-Head Analysis: Cutera (CUTR) & CHF Solutions (CHFS)

Cutera (NASDAQ: CUTR) and CHF Solutions (NASDAQ:CHFS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

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This table compares Cutera and CHF Solutions’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cutera $151.49 million 4.60 $29.99 million $0.77 66.62
CHF Solutions $3.55 million 3.74 -$13.38 million ($37.15) -0.08

Cutera has higher revenue and earnings than CHF Solutions. CHF Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cutera, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Cutera has a beta of 0.45, suggesting that its share price is 55% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CHF Solutions has a beta of 2.25, suggesting that its share price is 125% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Cutera and CHF Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cutera 0 2 4 0 2.67
CHF Solutions 0 0 1 0 3.00

Cutera currently has a consensus price target of $45.40, indicating a potential downside of 11.50%. CHF Solutions has a consensus price target of $65.00, indicating a potential upside of 1,970.06%. Given CHF Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe CHF Solutions is more favorable than Cutera.


This table compares Cutera and CHF Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cutera 19.80% 18.31% 11.39%
CHF Solutions -376.64% -146.41% -112.90%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

97.2% of Cutera shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.9% of CHF Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.6% of Cutera shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of CHF Solutions shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Cutera beats CHF Solutions on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cutera Company Profile

Cutera, Inc., a medical device company, designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and services laser and other energy based aesthetics systems worldwide. The company offers enlighten platform, a laser system that is used for tattoo removal, as well as for the treatment of benign pigmented lesions; excel HR platform, a hair removal solution for various skin types; and truSculpt, a high-powered radio frequency platform designed for deep tissue heating. It also provides excel V, a vascular and benign pigmented lesion treatment platform; and xeo platform, a multi-application platform on which a customer purchases hand piece applications for the removal of unwanted hair, treatment of vascular lesions, and skin rejuvenation by treating discoloration, fine lines, and laxity. In addition, the company offers GenesisPlus system, a laser product for use in the temporary increase of clear nails in patients with onychomycosis, as well as for the treatment of fine wrinkles, diffuse redness, and rosacea; solera console platform, including Opus and Titan consoles; and CoolGlide systems, as well as provides myQ, a third-party sourced system for the Japanese market. Further, it provides pulsed light hand pieces for the treatment of discoloration, hair removal, and vascular treatments; Pearl and Pearl Fractional hand pieces; skin care products; and post-warranty services through extended service contracts or direct billing, as well as offers Titan hand piece refills and marketing brochures through the Internet. The company markets and sells its products through direct sales force to plastic surgeons, dermatologists, gynecologists, family practitioners, primary care physicians, physicians performing aesthetic treatments in non-medical offices, and other qualified practitioners, as well as for physicians offering aesthetic treatments in non-medical offices. Cutera, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Brisbane, California.

CHF Solutions Company Profile

CHF Solutions, Inc., an early-stage medical device company, develops cardiac and coronary disease products primarily in the United States. It focused on commercializing the Aquadex FlexFlow system, which is indicated for temporary ultrafiltration treatment of patients with fluid overload who have failed diuretic therapy, and extended ultrafiltration treatment of patients with fluid overload who have failed diuretic therapy and require hospitalization. The company was formerly known as Sunshine Heart, Inc. and changed its name to CHF Solutions, Inc. in May 2017. CHF Solutions, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

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