How a Small-Cap Fund Manager is Handling a Ruthless Period in the Stock Market

How a Small-Cap Fund Manager is Handling a Ruthless Period in the Stock Market

Media Coverage

Overview

Buffalo Small Cap Fund co-portfolio manager Jamie Cuellar, CFA, was recently interviewed by Barron’s about the recent market downturn for small-company stocks. In the article, he describes the team’s approach to picking premier growth stocks based on in-depth analysis of company fundamentals and highlights the BUFSX team’s long-term investment philosophy that focuses less on short-term market movements.

If anything, you’ve just got some better valuations for ideas you may have missed out on in the first place or something you’re really excited about. ~ Jamie Cuellar, CFA, Co-Portfolio Manager, Buffalo Small Cap Fund

In the interview, Jamie reviewed his career path to the Buffalo Funds and the changes he and his co-managers put in place for the portfolio to help improve the Fund’s investment strategy and valuation discipline.

The article also identifies several small-cap stocks in the BUFSX portfolio which illustrate the Fund’s investment process in action:

  • Twilio – TWLO
  • HealthEquity – HQY
  • PROS Holdings – PRO

CLICK HERE to access the Barron’s article.

Diversification does not assure a profit, nor does it protect against a loss in a declining market. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Earnings growth is not representative of the fund’s future performance.

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. A complete list of the Fund’s holdings can be found here. Fund holdings are subject to change and should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell any security.

Annualized Performance (%)

(as of 11/16/18)1 YR3 YR5 YR10 YR
Buffalo Small Cap Fund9.6012.755.5014.78
Russell 2000 Price Return Index2.739.736.4812.84
Russell 2000 Total Return Index4.0611.267.9314.41

The Buffalo Small Cap Fund expense ratio is 1.01%. The Barron’s article references Russell 2000 Price Return Index performance as of 11/16/18, instead of the commonly-used Russell 2000 Total Return Index. The price return is the rate of return on an investment portfolio, where the return measure takes into account only the capital appreciation of the portfolio, while the income generated by the assets in the portfolio, in the form of interest and dividends, is ignored. This contrasts with the total return, which does take into account the income generated in the portfolio.

Where the article references the “Buffalo Small Cap has out run the Russell 2000 by an average of two percentage points a year over the past decade,” the percentage difference between the Russell 2000 Price Return Index as of 11/16/18 (the date the article uses as a reference point for returns) was actually 1.68%. However, the 10-year outperformance of the Fund vs the Russell 2000 Price Return Index, averaged out across every day in 2018 up to 11/16/18, is 2.19%.

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 found here; quarter-end performance can be found here. Performance is annualized for periods greater than 1 year.

BUFSX Portfolio Managers – Jamie Cuellar, Alex Hancock, Bob Male

HIGHLIGHT

Jamie Cuellar, BUFSX co-portfolio manager, discusses his team’s trend-spotting and portfolio-building strategies that have helped the Buffalo Small Cap Fund weather the recent market volatility.

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Actively Managing a Diversified Portfolio of Small-Cap Companies

Actively Managing a Diversified Portfolio of Small-Cap Companies

Media Coverage

Overview

Buffalo Funds Small Cap co-portfolio manager Jamie Cuellar, CFA, was recently interviewed by The Wall Street Transcript, where he discussed how his team analyzes small-cap company valuations and why they view the asset class as very inefficient. He also provides several examples of companies within his portfolio that highlight his team’s investment strategy at work:

  • Twilio (NYSE:TWLO)
  • Mimecast (NASDAQ:MIME)
  • CoreCivic (NYSE:CXW)
  • MasTec (NYSE:MTZ)

Jamie also gave his outlook on small-cap companies in the United States in the coming year, including the impact of the current economy, the recent tax cuts, and the repatriation of corporate cash holdings back to the United States.

We believe that by investing in an actively managed and diversified portfolio of companies that benefit from long-term industrial, technological or general market trends, and trading at attractive valuations, are going to lead to superior growth of capital over time. ~ Jamie Cuellar, CFA, Co-Portfolio Manager, Buffalo Small Cap Fund

To access The Wall Street Transcript article click here.

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.

Diversification does not assure a profit, nor does it protect against a loss in a declining market.

Active investing has higher management fees because of the manager’s increased level of involvement while passive investing has lower management and operating fees. Investing in both actively and passively managed mutual funds involves risk and principal loss is possible. Both actively and passively managed mutual funds generally have daily liquidity. There are no guarantees regarding the performance of actively and passively managed mutual funds. Actively managed mutual funds may have higher portfolio turnover than passively managed funds. Excessive turnover can limit returns and can incur capital gains.

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.

A complete list of the Fund’s holdings can be found here. Fund holdings are subject to change and should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell any security.

Earnings growth is not representative of the fund’s future performance.

AUM stands for Assets Under Management. API stands for Application Programming Interface. ARPU stands for Average Revenue Per User. SMB stands for Small/Medium-size Business. EBITDA stands for Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, Amortization. Cash flow is the total amount of money being transferred into and out of a business. REIT stands for Real Estate Investment Trust. Dividend yield is a dividend expressed as a percentage of a current share price. GDP stands for Gross Domestic Product. M&A stands for Mergers & Acquisitions. P&L stands for Profit & Loss. The Russell 2000 is an unmanaged index that consists of the smallest 2,000 securities in the Russell 3000 Index, representing approximately 10% of the Russell 3000 total market capitalization. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

HIGHLIGHT

Jamie Cuellar, co-portfolio manager, discusses how his team analyzes small-cap company valuations and why they view the asset class as very inefficient, while providing several examples of companies within his portfolio that highlight his team’s investment strategy at work.

MEDIA CONTACT

Joel Crampton
Director of Marketing
(913) 647-9881
Email

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