Cutera, Inc. (NASDAQ:CUTR) announced strong profits, but the stock was stagnant. Our analysis suggests that shareholders have noticed something concerning in the numbers.
The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit
For anyone who wants to understand Cutera's profit beyond the statutory numbers, it's important to note that during the last twelve months statutory profit gained from US$6.4m worth of unusual items. While we like to see profit increases, we tend to be a little more cautious when unusual items have made a big contribution. We ran the numbers on most publicly listed companies worldwide, and it's very common for unusual items to be once-off in nature. And that's as you'd expect, given these boosts are described as 'unusual'. Cutera had a rather significant contribution from unusual items relative to its profit to June 2021. As a result, we can surmise that the unusual items are making its statutory profit significantly stronger than it would otherwise be.
That might leave you wondering what analysts are forecasting in terms of future profitability. Luckily, you can click here to see an interactive graph depicting future profitability, based on their estimates.
Our Take On Cutera's Profit Performance
As we discussed above, we think the significant positive unusual item makes Cutera's earnings a poor guide to its underlying profitability. As a result, we think it may well be the case that Cutera's underlying earnings power is lower than its statutory profit. On the bright side, the company showed enough improvement to book a profit this year, after losing money last year. Of course, we've only just scratched the surface when it comes to analysing its earnings; one could also consider margins, forecast growth, and return on investment, among other factors. If you'd like to know more about Cutera as a business, it's important to be aware of any risks it's facing. Case in point: We've spotted 3 warning signs for Cutera you should be mindful of and 1 of these bad boys is a bit concerning.
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