April 16, 2001
Total Fund Assets
$1.68 Billion (12/31/17)
Russell Midcap Growth
Overall Morningstar Rating™ out of 556 Midcap Growth funds as of 1/31/18 (derived from a weighted average of the fund’s 3-, 5-, and 10-year risk adjusted return measure).
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RISK VS CATEGORY
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DISCOVERY FUND NEWS
How the Buffalo Discovery Fund portfolio managers use innovation as the cornerstone of their investment strategy
During this webcast, we covered:
• How innovative companies can lead to above average growth
• Key objectives of the Fund and their impact on current performance
• Our proprietary portfolio management process
• Fund performance YTD
Dr. Elizabeth Jones, Buffalo Funds Portfolio Manager, discusses her background in health care and how it applies to her investment strategy.
To us, innovation means to discover and transform new ideas into meaningful commercial value. The greater the economic impact and the longer the staying power, the better.
We seek underappreciated stock opportunities in companies where thoughtful management teams are in a favorable position to use innovation for market advantage and sustained shareholder value creation.
~ Dave Carlsen, Portfolio Manager
The investment objective of the Buffalo Discovery Fund is long-term growth of capital. The Fund primarily invests in equity securities, consisting of domestic common stock, preferred stock, convertible securities, which may increase in value due to the development, advancement or commercial application of innovative strategies. Companies engaged in innovative strategies are those who, in the Fund managers’ opinion, are engaged in the pursuit and practical application of knowledge to discover, develop and commercialize products, services or intellectual property.
The Fund managers seek to identify companies expected to benefit from innovation and 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 Fund managers believe have favorable attributes, including attractive valuation, strong management, conservative debt, free cash flow, scalable business models, and competitive advantages.
|As of 1/31/18||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||15 YR||Since Inception|
|Buffalo Discovery Fund||8.08||5.66||29.02||14.44||16.16||13.24||14.81||9.68|
|Russell Midcap Growth Index||9.78||5.66||28.09||12.98||15.19||10.62||12.44||9.08|
|Morningstar Mid-Cap Growth||8.96||5.35||26.52||12.02||13.57||9.26||11.21||7.04|
|As of 12/31/17||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||15 YR||Since Inception|
|Buffalo Discovery Fund||4.44||25.44||25.44||11.84||16.16||11.46||14.08||9.37|
|Russell Midcap Growth Index||6.81||25.27||25.27||10.30||15.30||9.10||11.96||8.77|
|Morningstar Mid-Cap Growth||6.02||23.91||23.91||9.40||13.73||7.67||10.68||6.74|
|Year||Buffalo Discovery||Russell Midcap Growth Index||Morningstar Mid-Cap Growth Category|
|vs Russell Midcap Growth Index|
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.
Growth of $10k
This chart illustrates the performance of a hypothetical $10,000 investment made in the Fund on the Inception Date. Assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. This chart does not imply future performance.
|# of Holdings||86|
|Median Market Cap||$12.51 B|
|Weighted Average Market Cap||$50.78 B|
|3-Yr Annualized Turnover Ratio||53.47%|
|% of Holdings with Free Cash Flow||87.21%|
|% of Holdings with No Net Debt||30.23%|
|Holding||Ticker||Sector||% of Net Assets|
|Align Technology||ALGN||Health Care||2.52%|
|Intercontinental Exchange||ICE||Financial Services||1.66%|
|TOP 10 HOLDINGS TOTAL||18.60%|
As of 9/30/17. Top 10 Holdings for the quarter are not disclosed until 60 days after quarter end. Those listed are for the previous quarter. Fund holdings are subject to change and are not recommendations to buy or sell any securities.
Buffalo publishes this listing of securities held as of the most recent calendar-quarter end, with a 30 or 60 day lag depending on the portfolio. Buffalo may exclude any portion of holdings from publication when deemed in the best interest of the portfolio.
The portfolio data and its presentation here may differ from the complete schedules of investments in regulatory filings due to differing accounting and reporting requirements.
As of 9/30/17. 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.
As of 9/30/17. Market Cap percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding.
CAPITAL MARKET OVERVIEW
Equity markets ended 2017 on a strong note. The 4th quarter saw a continuation of trends that have influenced the market all year. Investor optimism about improving global economic growth and strong corporate earnings led to another quarter of higher stock prices and low volatility. Strong holiday sales and the passage of tax reform legislation also provided tailwinds to equity markets during the period. The Chicago Board of Options Exchange Volatility (CBOE) Index continued to hover near record lows, and, for the first time since 1958, the S&P 500 Index delivered positive returns in every single month of the year.
The Russell 3000 Index produced a total return of 6.34% in the 4th quarter. Growth continued to outperform value, as the Russell 3000 Growth Index advanced 7.61% and outperformed the Russell 3000 Value Index return of 5.08%. Large companies generally outperformed smaller companies during the quarter. The Russell 1000 Index returned 6.59%, the Russell Midcap Index returned 6.07%, the Russell 2000 Index returned 3.34%, and the Russell Microcap Index returned 1.80%. Consumer discretionary and technology were the best performing sectors while utilities, health care, and consumer staples underperformed in the quarter.
The Buffalo Discovery Fund gained 4.44% during the quarter, underperforming the benchmark Russell Midcap Growth Index, which advanced 6.81%. Gains were widespread within the index with all sectors producing positive returns, as tax reform and better global growth broadly lifted markets.
The fund outperformed in Technology, Materials and Consumer Staples, mainly through positive stock selection. However, it failed to keep up with the strong returns posted by the Consumer Discretionary, Industrials, Energy and Financials sectors where the factor most influential to returns was the degree to which tax cuts would benefit future earnings per share.
Additionally, our overweight in Healthcare was a headwind as that sector underperformed the Index and experienced adverse stock selection. In spite of the relative underperformance during the quarter, the Fund outperformed its benchmark for the calendar year 2017.
Align Technology the maker of clear aligners for dental malocclusion and a long term holding in the fund, continued to grow in excess of expectations. We believe robust growth is sustainable over the intermediate to long term as less than 10% of the orthodontic market has converted from metal braces to clear aligners.
Akamai Technologies surged on news Wall Street activist Elliott Management announced they’ve built a position in the stock and intend to advocate for positive operational and strategic change in the interest of shareholders. We believe Akamai’s globally distributed network presence with servers and software embedded at data centers and network interconnect sites around the world is a unique asset that is well suited to serve and protect global media content and cloud based applications.
Nevro makes high frequency spinal cord stimulation (SCS) devices that treat back and leg pain more effectively than competing low frequency SCS devices. As a result it has rapidly gained nearly 15% market share and remains well positioned for further gains. It stumbled in the quarter as its share gains and sales force productivity did not keep up with high expectations.
Evolent Health offers software tools and services to healthcare providers to manage populations of patients, with a goal of decreasing the cost of care, while maintaining or improving the quality of care. Market uncertainty related to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act has left many providers cautious on executing new contracts. Consequently, investors were concerned about the company’s near-term growth prospects, leading to a sell-off in the stock. We remain optimistic that the strong management team will navigate the near-term uncertainty with the long-term opportunity intact.
The market environment for equities remains favorable in our view. Interest rates, inflation and unemployment remain low while corporate earnings grind higher buoyed by broadening global growth and recent U.S. corporate tax reform. Growing cash flows combined with foreign cash repatriation should drive improved business investment and more aggressive capital allocation activity including merger and acquisition (M&A), buybacks and dividend increases. In our opinion, the fund holds many high quality smaller and mid cap growth companies that could make very promising acquisition candidates if M&A activity does indeed pick up.
As growth strengthens, inflation expectations and the pace at which the Fed intends to normalize interest rates and the central bank balance sheet could introduce market volatility. We stand poised to capitalize when and where we see an opportunity to improve risk-adjusted expected returns within the portfolio.
Economic conditions may ebb and flow, but our focus remains steadfast on investing in attractively priced, financially strong, well-managed companies whose innovative strategies should fuel secular growth opportunities. We seek those opportunities where thoughtful management teams are in a favorable position to use innovation for market advantage and sustained value creation. Successful innovation may often lead to disruptive share gains in large existing markets, or the creation of large new market opportunities, a strategy which we believe is less dependent on the overall macro environment for growth.
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. Fund holdings and sector allocations are subject to change and are not recommendations to buy or sell any security. Earnings growth is not representative of the fund’s future performance.
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