|As of 6/8/2023|
|Total Net Assets:||$908.69 Million (3/31/23)|
|Morningstar Category:||Mid Cap Growth|
|Benchmark Index:||Russell Midcap Growth|
Fund Fact Sheet Q1 2023
PM Commentary Q1 2023
FUND OBJECTIVE & INVESTMENT PHILOSOPHY
The investment objective of the Buffalo Discovery Fund is long-term growth of capital.
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 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.
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.
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 under-appreciated 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, CFA, Co-Portfolio Manager
Overall Morningstar Rating™ of BUFTX based on risk-adjusted returns among 527 Midcap Growth funds as of 4/30/23.
Morningstar Sustainability Rating™ of BUFTX out of 1,577 U.S. Equity Mid Cap funds as of 3/31/23, based on 99% of AUM
Carbon Metric Rating of BUFTX as of 3/31/23 in the Mid Cap Growth category, based on 99% of AUM; long positions only
Historical Sustainability Score Rank of BUFTX
|As of 4/30/23||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||15 YR||20 YR||Since Inception|
|BUFFALO DISCOVERY FUND - Investor||-2.73||7.15||-1.70||7.15||7.00||10.84||10.62||11.75||8.70|
|BUFFALO DISCOVERY FUND - Institutional||-2.71||7.21||-1.56||7.31||7.16||11.00||10.78||11.92||8.86|
|Russell Midcap Growth Index||-1.08||7.56||1.60||9.21||8.96||10.84||9.48||10.90||8.73|
|Morningstar U.S. Mid Growth Index||-3.04||6.42||-2.33||7.80||9.16||10.79||8.91||-||-|
|Morningstar Mid-Cap Growth Category||-2.66||5.88||-2.76||8.97||7.84||10.11||8.60||9.98||6.86|
|As of 3/31/23||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||15 YR||20 YR||Since Inception|
|BUFFALO DISCOVERY FUND - Investor||10.36||10.36||-10.12||12.83||7.45||10.94||11.41||12.62||8.88|
|BUFFALO DISCOVERY FUND - Institutional||10.45||10.45||-9.94||13.01||7.62||11.11||11.58||12.79||9.04|
|Russell Midcap Growth Index||9.14||9.14||-8.52||15.20||9.07||11.17||10.10||11.35||8.84|
|Morningstar U.S. Mid Growth Index||9.71||9.71||-11.66||14.53||9.70||11.22||9.80||-||-|
|Morningstar Mid-Cap Growth Category||7.65||7.65||-11.95||14.85||8.12||10.34||9.25||10.45||6.97|
|BUFFALO DISCOVERY FUND - Investor||36.61||10.68||5.64||5.56||25.44||-6.54||31.63||33.81||11.90||-28.67|
|BUFFALO DISCOVERY FUND - Institutional||36.82||10.85||5.80||5.72||25.62||-6.40||31.82||34.03||12.07||-28.57|
|Russell Midcap Growth Index||35.74||11.90||-0.20||7.33||25.27||-4.75||35.47||35.59||12.73||-26.72|
|Morningstar U.S. Mid Growth Index||34.07||9.77||-0.71||6.46||25.67||-3.16||36.01||46.17||14.97||-32.37|
3 Year Risk Metrics
|BUFTX vs Russell Midcap Growth Index (As of 3/31/23)|
Hypothetical Growth of $10,000
|(As of 3/31/23)||
|# of Holdings||77|
|Median Market Cap||$17.06 B|
|Weighted Average Market Cap||$25.44 B|
|3-Yr Annualized Turnover Ratio||50.33%|
|% of Holdings with Free Cash Flow||84.42%|
Top 10 Holdings
|Holding||Ticker||Sector||% of Net
|CoStar Group||CSGP||Real Estate||2.27%|
|Five Below||FIVE||Consumer Discretionary||1.81%|
|Boston Scientific||BSX||Health Care||1.76%|
|TOP 10 HOLDINGS TOTAL||20.69%|
CAPITAL MARKET OVERVIEW
(As of 3/31/23) — Capital markets moved higher in the first quarter of 2023 as the S&P 500 Index gained 7.50% and the Bloomberg Aggregate Bond Index advanced 3.0%. Big swings in expectations for the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy drove market volatility during the period. Initially investors were concerned with data showing stubbornly high inflation and the prospect of additional interest rate hikes. However, during the final days of the quarter bank failures from Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank, and Credit Suisse, dramatically changed market expectations towards monetary policy and the impact that a banking crisis could have on the broader economy. As a result, shorter term Treasury yields fell, and large cap growth stocks rallied in a flight to quality. The view was that growth companies would be the biggest beneficiaries of lower rates, a reversal of the headwinds faced throughout 2022. Technology stocks were by far the leading contributors to broad market performance during the quarter while value stocks and dividend payers lagged. Excluding the technology sector, the S&P 500 Index return would have only been 2.70% during the period.
Recapping quarterly results, the broad-based Russell 3000 Index advanced 7.18%. Growth stocks significantly outperformed value stocks to start out the year, as the Russell 3000 Value Index returned just 0.91% versus a return of 13.85% for the Russell 3000 Growth Index. Relative performance improved going up in market capitalization (size) as large caps advanced more than small caps in the quarter. Larger cap stocks returned 7.46%, as measured by the Russell 1000 Index, compared to the smaller cap Russell 2000 Index return of 2.74%, while the Russell Microcap Index returned -2.83% in the quarter.
(As of 3/31/23) — The Buffalo Discovery Fund gained 10.36% for the quarter versus an increase of 9.14% for the Russell Midcap Growth Index. Outperformance in the Consumer, Energy and Financials sectors was partly offset by modest underperformance in Communication Services. The 10-year Treasury yield declined for the first time in more than a year as tighter credit conditions, moderating inflationary pressures, and slower consumer spending growth all suggest the Fed tightening cycle could be nearing its end. This backdrop of declining interest rates and expectations of slower economic expansion led to outperformance from growth stocks and rate-sensitive consumer cyclicals.
The Discovery Fund’s exposure to quality growth stocks was clearly beneficial in the first quarter of 2023. That was a welcome change from 2022, when the sharpest rise in interest rates in decades led to substantial underperformance for growth stocks and a rotation into defensive sectors such as energy, utilities, and consumer staples.
We clearly expect the Fed to remain vigilant on inflation and are cognizant of the well telegraphed recession that could be in front of us, but are also optimistic the market has taken much of its needed medicine and that companies gaining market share through disruptive innovation and durable competitive advantage will continue to outperform as the macro backdrop stabilizes.
National Instruments Corporation (NATI) was the largest contributor to performance during the quarter. National Instruments is a leader in software-enabled testing and measurement systems used in engineering applications. Acquisition rumors led to a 38% increase in the share price during the first quarter, and management subsequently announced that it would be acquired by Emerson Electric.
Universal Display Corporation (OLED) was another top contributor for the quarter. Universal Display is a leader in the development and commercialization of organic light-emitting diode technologies used in display and solid-state lighting applications. 2022 was a challenging year for the industry due to weakness in TV and smartphone sales, but investors are increasingly confident the display market is nearing a bottom. Manufacturers are beginning to add capacity as Universal Display gains share in products such as laptops and monitors, and phosphorescent blue diodes—a product in development for many years—are finally coming to market. We believe these events should reaccelerate growth for the company as the year unfolds.
Calix Inc. (CALX) was the top detractor for the quarter. The company is a leading supplier of cloud services and software solutions to telecom networks and broadband service providers. Fundamentals have been healthy with both revenue and earnings consistently beating expectations, but investors have become more cautious on the spending environment for telecom equipment given persistent demand weakness at industry bellwethers AT&T and Verizon. We reduced our position in late-2022 when the stock was approaching all-time highs but continue to believe this is a well-run business with meaningful growth opportunities in cloud services.
Azenta (AZTA) was also a detractor during the quarter. Following the sale of its semiconductor business, Azenta is now a pure-play life sciences company with a cash-rich balance sheet. Investors reacted negatively to 2023 guidance that projected a slower pace of margin expansion due to investments in their global sales infrastructure. Headwinds from currency, China lockdowns, and declining COVID-related revenues have also weighed on recent results. However, the long-term trend towards cell and gene therapy and biologics has not slowed. These new drugs require a materially different infrastructure for storage and shipping of biological materials, and AZTA has carved out a clinical research niche by offering both cold storage repositories for tissue samples and genomic analysis services to leading biopharma companies.
(As of 3/31/23) — We are anticipating a period of slower economic expansion in 2023 – and possibly recession – driven by higher interest rates and decelerating growth in both jobs and wages. However, when major companies such as Home Depot include recession scenarios in their forward guidance, we have to believe this negative outcome is largely anticipated by investors. We look for the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates elevated given tight labor markets and accelerating economic growth in China as that country reopens following a late 2022 COVID surge. The Fed’s aggressive tightening policy appears to be working, though, and inflation is steadily drifting lower.
It can seem counterintuitive, but periods of weaker economic expansion are often great times to invest in innovative growth stocks. Valuations are more reasonable, companies tend to get smarter on expenses, modest increases in revenue can still drive expense leverage and outsized relative earnings growth, and these periods typically end with the Federal Reserve cutting interest rates to reaccelerate the economy, and that is good for growth stock valuation multiples. Investors certainly digested a lot of bad news in 2022: the launch of a war in Ukraine, decades-high inflation, the lapping of more than $1 trillion of stimulus payments, a strong U.S. dollar, and ongoing supply chain disruption. Putting these headwinds in the rear-view mirror
ultimately creates a much more favorable outlook for long-term equity investors.
Our strategy is to take a long-term, risk-aware view and build positions in innovation focused growth companies at attractive prices. Our investment time horizon is a competitive advantage, and we remain focused on dominant franchises with strong balance sheets and scalable business models. We believe this should lead to the compounding of attractive returns over time. Thank you for your continued trust and support.
DISCOVERY FUND NEWS
7 Buffalo Funds Named to IBD Best Mutual Funds 2021 List
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.
Riding Trends in Power Security, Orthopedic Products, and Wireless Towers
Dave Carlsen, Buffalo Discovery Fund co-portfolio manager, was recently interviewed by The Wall Street Transcript where he discusses growth drivers for companies in several sectors, including power grid security, orthopedic products, and wireless towers.
“Money Life Market Call” with Buffalo Discovery Fund PM Ken Laudan
Ken Laudan, Buffalo Discovery Fund co-portfolio manager, recently appeared on the Money Life with Chuck Jaffe podcast, discussing his investment viewpoints and portfolio strategy.
Morningstar Upgrades Buffalo Discovery Fund (BUFTX) Analyst Rating to Bronze
BUFTX earns Bronze Morningstar Analyst RatingTM due to the management team’s ability to adapt to the changing focus of the Fund over the past 14 years.
|Buffalo Discovery Fund|
|Full Fund Holdings||12/31/22|
|Statement of Additional Information||3/8/23|
|Tax Guide - 2022||1/8/23|
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