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Cutera Reports Fourth Quarter 2010 Results

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

BRISBANE, Calif., Feb. 2, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cutera, Inc. (Nasdaq:CUTR), a leading provider of laser and other energy-based aesthetic systems for practitioners worldwide, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010.

Fourth quarter 2010 revenue was $15.2 million, compared to $15.4 million in the same period last year. Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $1.3 million, or $0.09 per diluted share.

Kevin Connors, President and CEO of Cutera, stated, "Our fourth quarter and annual 2010 revenue remained flat, compared to the same periods in 2009. During the fourth quarter of 2010, US revenue increased by 9%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, due primarily to the sales productivity initiatives recently implemented and the launch of our Genesis Plus product. Although our international revenue declined by 7% during the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, we generated record revenue in Japan as a result of the strong performance of all products, including our recently added Filler and Cosmeceutical products.

"We are encouraged with the significant progress made to date on our new product development efforts. In the fourth quarter of 2010, we continued our launch of our Genesis Plus product and we are pleased with the initial market response. This is a standalone product for the treatment of toenail fungus (CE mark approved and FDA clearance pending) as well as a rejuvenation application. We are on target to introduce at the American Academy of Dermatology meeting this weekend our "top of class" vascular laser- Excel V- which already has an FDA clearance for broad vascular applications. In addition, we plan to release an additional new product in the second half of 2011.

"We are excited about Len DeBenedictis joining our management team as Chief Technical Officer and believe he will bring an increased focus to the critical role of leading our research and product development efforts. Further, we are pleased with the strengthening of our sales management team through the addition of Michael Poole as Vice President of North American Sales, who will focus on this historically significant geographical market. This management change will allow Chris West to dedicate his time to further develop our Japan and Asia Pacific markets. We believe these strategic changes significantly strengthen our executive management team and position us for growth in 2011 and beyond."

Mr. Connors concluded, "We remain focused on key initiatives to increase future revenue levels and leverage our business model, which we expect will result in improved performance and cash generation in 2011. As the near-term prospects for our industry have stabilized, we believe that our worldwide distribution network, strong balance sheet with approximately $97 million in cash and investments – with no debt – a broad portfolio of products, and various research and development projects underway, offer continuing, long-term opportunities for our company."

Conference Call:

The conference call to discuss these results is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) on February 2, 2011. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet hosted at the Investor Relations section of Cutera's website at , and will be archived online within one hour of its completion through 8:59 p.m. PT (11:59 p.m. ET) on February 16, 2011. In addition, you may call (877) 407-0784 to listen to the live broadcast. Participating in the call will be Kevin Connors, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Ron Santilli, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

About Cutera, Inc.

Brisbane, California-based Cutera is a leading provider of laser and other energy-based aesthetic systems for practitioners worldwide. Since 1998, Cutera has been developing innovative, easy-to-use products that enable physicians and other qualified practitioners to offer safe and effective aesthetic treatments to their patients. For more information, call 1-888-4CUTERA or visit .

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, statements concerning Cutera's ability to leverage its business model, increase revenue, generate additional cash, increase profitability, realize benefits from changes in management, develop and commercialize existing and new products and applications, and statements regarding long-term prospects and opportunities are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current, preliminary expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties, which may cause Cutera's actual results to differ materially from the statements contained herein. Potential risks and uncertainties that could affect Cutera's business and cause its financial results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements include the current economic uncertainty, which may reduce consumer demand for its products, cause potential customers to delay their purchase decisions and make it more difficult for some potential customers to obtain credit financing; its ability to increase revenue, manage costs and expenses and improve sales productivity and performance worldwide; its ability to successfully develop and acquire new products and applications and market them to both its installed base and new customers; the length of the sales cycle process; unforeseen events and circumstances relating to its operations; government regulatory actions; and those other factors described in the section entitled, "Risk Factors," in its most recent Form 10-Q as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 1, 2010. Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Cutera undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date they were made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Cutera's fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010 financial performance, as discussed in this release, is preliminary and unaudited, and subject to adjustment.

CONTACT: Cutera, Inc. Ron Santilli Chief Financial Officer 415-657-5500 Investor Relations John Mills Integrated Corporate Relations, Inc. 310-954-1100