Growth Fund

Growth Fund

Quick Facts
Inception Date:5/19/19957/1/2019
Expense Ratio:0.93%0.79%
Total Net Assets:$198.46 Million  (3/31/21)
Category:Large Cap Growth
Benchmark:Morningstar U.S. Growth
Related Material:
   Fund Fact Sheet Q1 2021
   PM Commentary Q1 2021
   Summary Prospectus
Fund Objective & Investment Process

The investment objective of the Buffalo Growth Fund is long-term growth of capital. The Growth Fund invests in domestic common stocks and other U.S. equity securities, including preferred stock, convertible securities, warrants and rights, with a goal of maintaining at least 75% of the equity weighting of the Fund’s portfolio in companies with market capitalizations greater than $5 billion or the median of the Morningstar U.S. Growth Index, whichever is lower. Capitalization of the Morningstar U.S. Growth Index changes due to market conditions and index composition.

With respect to the remaining 25% of the equity weighting of the Fund’s portfolio, the Fund may invest in companies of any size, including, but not limited to, those with market capitalizations less than the lower of the median of the Morningstar U.S. Growth Index or $5 billion.

The Fund managers seek to identify companies that are expected to experience growth based on the identification of long-term, measurable secular trends, and which, as a result, the managers believe may have potential revenue growth in excess of the gross domestic product growth rate. Companies are screened using in-depth, in-house research to identify those which the managers believe have favorable attributes, including attractive valuation, strong management, conservative debt, free cash flow, scalable business models, and competitive advantages.

ESG Integration

Management of the Buffalo Growth Fund integrates ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) related factors into the investment decision making process. ESG-related factors material to the risk and return of investments are explicitly considered, alongside traditional financial factors, when making investment decisions.

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The Growth Fund invest in secular trend leaders: attractively-priced, financially-strong, well-managed companies across all market cap segments, which we believe are favorably positioned to harvest the lion’s share of big secular growth trends.

Dave Carlsen, CFA, Co-Portfolio Manager

Morningstar Rating


Overall Morningstar Rating™ of BUFGX based on risk-adjusted returns among 1,141 Large Growth funds as of 5/31/21.

Investment Style

Performance (%)

As of 5/31/213 MOYTD1 YR3 YR5 YR10 YR15 YR20 YRSince Inception
BUFFALO GROWTH FUND - Investor7.957.1134.7918.5218.2913.9611.729.1611.20
BUFFALO GROWTH FUND - Institutional8.037.1935.0518.7018.4714.1311.899.3211.36
  Morningstar U.S. Growth Index5.256.3939.6524.1922.7217.1512.898.60-
  Lipper Large Cap Growth Fund Index6.687.5139.6922.4421.7915.9011.888.299.85
  Morningstar Large Growth Category5.707.0640.2520.9020.4115.2311.738.829.83
As of 3/31/213 MOYTD1 YR3 YR5 YR10 YR15 YR20 YRSince Inception
BUFFALO GROWTH FUND - Investor0.810.8153.9818.75
BUFFALO GROWTH FUND - Institutional0.840.8454.2618.9317.2613.8011.189.4611.18
  Morningstar U.S. Growth Index0.610.6164.4523.9121.8116.7012.129.01-
  Lipper Large Cap Growth Fund Index1.571.5762.6922.0320.9715.4411.098.509.68
  Morningstar Large Growth Category2.232.2363.5720.4419.4214.7310.969.079.69
For performance prior to 7/1/19 (Inception Date of Institutional Class), performance of the Investor Class shares is used and includes expenses not applicable and lower than those of Investor Class shares.Performance data quoted represents past performance; past performance does not guarantee future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance of the fund may be lower of higher than the performance quoted and can be obtained here. Performance is annualized for periods greater than 1 year. Each Morningstar category average represents a universe of funds with similar objectives.
3 Year Risk Metrics
BUFGX vs Morningstar U.S. Growth Index (As of 3/31/21)
Upside Capture80.78
Downside Capture97.93
Sharpe Ratio0.94
Hypothetical Growth of $10,000
This chart illustrates the performance of a hypothetical $10,000 investment made in the Fund on the inception date of the benchmark index (6/30/97). This chart does not imply future performance.


Portfolio Characteristics
(As of 3/31/21) 
# of Holdings53
Median Market Cap$99.10 B
Weighted Average Market Cap$620.73 B
3-Yr Annualized Turnover Ratio26.81%
% of Holdings with Free Cash Flow88.46%
Active Share54.92%
Top 10 Holdings
Name of HoldingTickerSector% of Net
AmazonAMZNConsumer Discretionary6.65%
Alphabet (C)GOOGTechnology3.32%
Alphabet (A)GOOGLTechnology2.77%
The Walt Disney CoDISCommunications2.55%
Home DepotHDConsumer Discretionary2.12%
As of 12/31/20. Top 10 Holdings for the quarter are not disclosed until 60 days after quarter end. Fund holdings are subject to change and are not recommendations to buy or sell any securities.
Sector Weighting
As of 3/31/21. Security weightings are subject to change and are not recommendations to buy or sell any securities. Sector Allocation may not equal 100% due to rounding.
Market Capitalization
As of 3/31/21. Market Cap percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding.


Dave Carlsen, CFA
Portfolio Manager

29 Years of Experience

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Josh West, CFA
Portfolio Manager

16 Years of Experience

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(As of 3/31/21) — Equity markets continued to move higher in the 1st quarter of 2021, with the S&P 500 Index returning 6.17%. The period was marked by outperformance of value stocks as the market rotation that began in the last quarter of 2020 became even more pronounced. The vaccination rollout, combined with prospects for more fiscal stimulus, bolstered optimism towards companies that could benefit from the economy reopening. Additionally, an 80+ basis point move higher in the 10-Year U.S. Treasury yield during the quarter left sentiment towards growth stocks relatively more subdued.

The broad market Russell 3000 Index advanced 6.35% in the quarter. Value outperformed growth for the second straight quarter, with the Russell 3000 Value Index up 11.89% compared to the Russell 3000 Growth Index returning 1.19%. Relative performance was inversely-correlated with market cap size in the quarter, with the Russell Micro Cap Index up 23.89%, the small cap Russell 2000 Index up 12.70%, the Russell Midcap Index up 8.14%, and the large cap Russell 1000 Index returning 5.91%. The more cyclically-sensitive Energy, Financial, and Industrial sectors performed best in the quarter. Consumer Staples, Information Technology, and Utilities were the bottom three performing sectors. All sectors produced positive returns.


(As of 3/31/21) — The Buffalo Growth Fund (BUFGX) gained 0.81% during the 1st quarter, outperforming the Morningstar U.S. Growth Index’s return of 0.61%. Strong stock selection in the Consumer Discretionary, Health Care, and Real Estate sectors were the biggest contributors to outperformance relative to the Index. All remaining sectors also contributed positively relative to the Index at a more modest effect. Cash averaged 1.38% of Fund assets in the quarter. Stocks most leveraged to rising interest rates, a steepening yield curve, and reopening did relatively better while pricey, more crowded beneficiaries of COVID lockdowns and digital transformation experienced some investor rotation away.


Microsoft Corporation, the top contributor to the Fund during the quarter, continued its streak of beating and raising expectations for revenue and earnings per share (EPS). The company is a prime beneficiary of workplace digital transformation and the move from on-premise IT infrastructure to the cloud. As the economy emerges from the pandemic, Microsoft is well positioned to gain share of rising IT budgets.

Alphabet Inc. was also a top contributor in the quarter. The company experienced improving growth in its leading digital advertising businesses following a relatively cautious ad budget environment through most of last year. Alphabet is poised to benefit in 2021 as digital advertising budgets expand alongside improving economic conditions.


Apple Inc. shares declined modestly in the quarter, after more than doubling in the last nine months of 2020, as news of downwardly revised iPhone build expectations emerged intra-quarter. Weaker consumer demand in China and supply chain component shortages are thought to have led to the lower build expectations. The company remains well positioned to benefit from the 5G handset product cycle and a favorable mix shift to high margin digital services., Inc. shares were relatively weak, despite strong results and upward earnings revisions, as investors rotated toward more cyclical reopening beneficiaries. In the near term, some investors worry the pandemic has pulled forward ecommerce adoption contributing to above trend growth rates in 2020 that may moderate going forward. Over the long run, Amazon should continue to disrupt markets and sustain an attractive growth rate as its Amazon Web Services and leadership position in ecommerce capture additional share gains from on-premise computing and off-line commerce.


(As of 3/31/20) — The market environment remains constructive for active growth stock investing, in our view. Interest rates and inflation remain relatively low by historical standards, providing a healthy backdrop for corporate earnings growth and investors’ allocation to equities. Meanwhile, global central bankers have pledged to sustain aggressive monetary and fiscal stimulus measures to ward off deflation and spur along continued economic recovery. Recent improvement in vaccine availability has accelerated shots-in-arms and is a much-needed spark that should help ignite economic recovery and a return to normalcy. We are seeing mobility and economic activity levels begin to rebound across many countries and sectors. Consumer and business confidence is rising too as the world has found innovative ways to adapt, progress, and grow despite the one-hundred-year pandemic still in our midst.

We are constructive about continued recovery and believe a rising and strengthening economic tide is likely to materialize in 2021 producing above average gross domestic product (GDP) growth. The market should continue to broaden out as more sectors of the economy recover and as under-appreciated growth and/or operating leverage materialize. Under-appreciated is key. Compared to history, valuations are higher than normal in the early stages of this economic recovery due to the faith placed in the ability of unprecedented fiscal and monetary stimulus to ignite and sustain earnings recovery. Interest rates are lower too in support of higher valuations, and we are likely to embark on a period of rising revenue and earnings expectations on relatively easy growth comparisons, which is fuel for optimism and sustained multiples.

For 2021, we believe there’s ample room for earnings upside in our investable universe and are constructive on the prospects for the portfolio. On a broader level, earnings growth expectations for 2021 S&P 500 Index earnings are reasonable at about $175 per share, 26% higher than 2020’s COVID-impacted earnings but only about 9% higher than pre-pandemic earnings in 2019, implying about 4.5% cumulative annualized growth over the two-year period. 2022 S&P 500 Index earnings expectations at about $201 per share again imply a reasonable 7.8% cumulative annualized growth rate expected over the 2019 to 2022 period.

As we get deeper into recovery and positive estimate revisions slow, the interplay between interest rates and stock market multiples will likely wax more prominently, while concerns about high debt levels and rising tax rates could also begin to affect broader valuation levels. That said, we think under-appreciated growth and operating leverage will be ample and rewarded throughout 2021.

Economic conditions may ebb and flow, but our focus remains constant; we invest in attractively-priced, financially-strong, well-managed companies benefiting from secular growth opportunities, in our opinion. Thank you for your support.

The opinions expressed are those of the Portfolio Manager(s) and are subject to change, are not guaranteed and should not be considered recommendations to buy or sell any security. Investing in both actively and passively managed mutual funds involves risk and principal loss is possible. Earnings growth is not representative of the fund’s future performance.


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Fundamental Approach

We get to know the companies we invest in and learn how they run their business.

Top-Down & Bottom-Up

We identify Top-Down broad, secular growth trends and search for companies from the Bottom-Up.

Proprietary Philosophy

We construct our portfolios based on our own proprietary investment strategy.

Disciplined Investing

Sticking to our disciplined investment strategy ensures we maintain a consistent, balanced approach.

The Morningstar Rating™ for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating™ for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating™ metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

The Buffalo Growth Fund (BUFGX) received 2 stars among 1,141 for the 3-year, 2 stars among 1,028 for the 5-year, and 2 stars among 758 Large Growth funds for the 10-year period ending 5/31/21.

In each Morningstar Category, the 10% of funds with the lowest measured risk are described as Low Risk, the next 22.5% Below Average, the middle 35% Average, the next 22.5% Above Average, and the top 10% High. Morningstar Risk is measured for up to three time periods (three, five, and 10 years). These separate measures are then weighted and averaged to produce an overall measure for the fund. Funds with less than three years of performance history are not rated. ©2021 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. The Morningstar Style Box™ reveals a fund’s investment strategy by showing its investment style and market capitalization based on the fund’s portfolio holdings.

7 Buffalo Funds Named to IBD Best Mutual Funds 2021 List

7 Buffalo Funds Named to IBD Best Mutual Funds 2021 List

Media Coverage

7 Buffalo Funds Named to IBD Best Mutual Funds 2021 List


The Buffalo Funds recently had seven funds selected for the Investor’s Business Daily 2021 Best Mutual Funds Award Winner list, in the 6th annual ranking by the investment publication.

Best U.S. Diversified

  • Buffalo Early Stage Growth Fund
  • Buffalo Small Cap Fund
  • Buffalo Discovery Fund
  • Buffalo Large Cap Fund
  • Buffalo Growth Fund

Best Large Cap

  • Buffalo Large Cap Fund
  • Buffalo Growth Fund

Best Mid Cap

  • Buffalo Discovery Fund

Best Small Cap

  • Buffalo Early Stage Growth Fund
  • Buffalo Small Cap Fund

Best International

  • Buffalo International Fund

Best U.S. Taxable Bond

  • Buffalo High Yield Fund

Funds named to IBD’s list were chosen because they have outperformed their benchmark index over the past 1, 3, 5, and 10-year periods, as of 12/31/20. In order to make the list, funds must have outperformed in all four time periods. IBD made its selections from 3,368 mutual funds that met the criteria of having at least 10 years of operation.

We’re honored that our funds have been recognized in this way by IBD. These funds exemplify our firm’s goal of consistently delivering strong risk-adjusted performance to our shareholders, said Kent Gasaway, president of the Buffalo Funds.

To view IBD’s complete list and analysis of the Best Mutual Funds 2021, please visit:

Performance data quoted represents past performance; past performance does not guarantee future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed may be worth more or less than their original value. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. Performance data current to the most recent month-end may be obtained here. Performance data current to the most recent quarter-end may be obtained here. Performance is annualized for periods greater than 1 year.

Opinions expressed are those of the author or Funds and are subject to change, are not intended to be a forecast of future events, a guarantee of future results, nor investment advice.

References to other mutual funds should not to be considered an offer to buy or sell these securities.


Seven Buffalo Funds were named to Investor’s Business Daily Best Mutual Funds 2021 list, including the Best U.S. Diversified, Growth, Large Cap, Mid Cap, Small Cap, International, and U.S. Taxable Bond Fund categories.


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