Dividend Focus Fund
December 3, 2012
Total Fund Assets
$58.97 Million (6/30/18)
Morningstar U.S. Large-Mid Cap
Overall Morningstar™ rating out of 1,173 Large Blend funds as of 7/31/18 (derived from the fund’s three- and five-year risk adjusted return measure).
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RISK VS CATEGORY
The Morningstar™ Risk vs Category rating is an assessment of the variations in a fund’s monthly returns, with an emphasis on downside variations, in comparison to the 1,173 funds in the Large Blend category, as of 7/31/18.
The investment objective of the Buffalo Dividend Focus Fund is primarily current income, with long-term growth of capital as a secondary objective. To pursue its investment objective, the Fund invests in dividend-paying equity securities, consisting of domestic common stocks, preferred stocks, and convertible securities. During normal market conditions, at least 80% of the Fund’s assets will be invested in dividend-paying equity securities, companies that declare and pay cash dividends on at least an annual basis.
While the Fund may invest in securities of companies of any size, the Fund managers expect the majority of common stocks purchased will be of large-cap companies, those with market capitalizations in excess of $10 billion at the time of initial purchase. In addition to investments in domestic securities, the Fund may invest up to 20% of its net assets in sponsored or unsponsored ADRs and securities of foreign companies that are traded on U.S. stock exchanges.
We are focused on buying dividend-paying companies that can have sustainable competitive advantages, generate strong return on capital and free cash flow, have conservative balance sheets, and have great management teams.
We seek to buy these companies at reasonable valuations and believe that holding them for the long-term will generate favorable risk adjusted returns.
~ Paul Dlugosch, Portfolio Manager
|As of 7/31/18||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||Since Inception|
|Buffalo Dividend Focus Fund||5.89||4.83||13.04||10.47||12.89||13.82|
|Morningstar U.S. Large-Mid Cap Index||6.82||6.56||16.27||12.08||12.95||15.20|
|S&P 500 Index||6.87||6.47||16.24||12.52||13.12||15.38|
|Lipper Equity Income Funds Index||5.42||3.10||11.36||9.81||9.85||12.30|
|Morningstar Large Blend Category||2.68||1.58||12.58||9.93||11.73||13.27|
|As of 6/30/18||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||Since Inception|
|Buffalo Dividend Focus Fund||3.18||1.09||10.48||9.09||12.91||13.31|
|Morningstar U.S. Large-Mid Cap Index||3.47||2.91||14.52||11.51||13.32||14.72|
|S&P 500 Index||3.43||2.65||14.37||11.93||13.42||14.88|
|Lipper Equity Income Funds Index||1.85||-0.83||8.64||8.84||9.99||11.71|
|Morningstar Large Blend Category||2.68||1.58||12.58||9.93||11.73||12.78|
* Partial year. Inception to year-end.
|vs S&P 500|
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.
As of July 27, 2018 the Morningstar U.S. Large-Mid Cap Index has replaced the S&P 500 Index as the Fund’s primary benchmark. The Advisor believes that the new index is more appropriate given the Fund’s holdings.
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||$87.35 B|
|Weighted Average Market Cap||$210.08 B|
|3-Yr Annualized Turnover Ratio||29.15%|
|30-day SEC Yield||1.43%|
|% of Holdings with Free Cash Flow||70.93%|
|Holding||Ticker||Sector||% of Net Assets|
|JPMorgan Chase||JPM||Financial Services||2.86%|
|Bank of America||BAC||Financial Services||2.56%|
|Berkshire Hathaway||BRK/B||Financial Services||1.88%|
|American Electric Power||AEP||Utilities||1.81%|
|S&P Global||SPGI||Financial Services||1.66%|
|TOP 10 HOLDINGS TOTAL||23.97%|
As of 3/31/18. 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 6/30/18. 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 6/30/18. Market Cap percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding.
CAPITAL MARKET OVERVIEW
(As of 6/30/18) — Supportive economic data drove positive domestic equity performance in the 2nd quarter. The unemployment rate declined to 3.8%, the lowest level in 18 years. Wages have continued to rise, with average hourly earnings up 2.7% as of May. Corporate earnings growth continued to be robust. The Federal Reserve increased their target rate by 0.25% and raised their forecast for growth and inflation again in June. Meanwhile, economic growth outside the U.S. slowed, with the divergence driving strength in the U.S. dollar. Increasing trade protectionism along with the dollar’s strength, led to the relative outperformance of domestically focused industries and smaller capitalization companies, which generally do less international business than large caps. Crude oil prices continued to rise, despite the strong dollar, driven by lower stockpiles in the U.S. and President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear accord.
The Russell 3000 Index returned 3.89% in the quarter. Growth continued to outpace value, with the Russell 3000 Growth Index up 5.87% and the Russell 3000 Value Index up 1.71%. By size, the Russell Microcap Index led the way with a return of 9.97%, followed by the small cap Russell 2000 Index at 7.75%. The large cap Russell 1000 Index was up 3.57%, and the Russell Midcap Index was up 2.82%. Energy was the best performing sector, driven by strength in crude oil prices. The Consumer Discretionary, Information Technology, and Real Estate sectors also had strong quarters. Meanwhile, trade fears and rising input costs caused the underperformance of Industrials, and Financials were weaker as a result of the yield curve flattening.
(As of 6/30/18) — The Buffalo Dividend Focus Fund posted a return of 3.18% for the quarter, which slightly underperformed the S&P 500 Index return of 3.43%. While disappointing, the modest underperformance this quarter is not surprising given continued strong outperformance of growth over value. The Fund’s relative underperformance was primarily a result of portfolio positioning decisions and security selection within the Information Technology sector. The Fund was underweight technology during the period, and that area was one the best performing sectors within the index. We reduced some exposure to the cyclical semiconductor industry during the quarter, which caused a larger underweight position than we had entering the period. Relative performance was also negatively impacted by several non-dividend payers within the benchmark like Facebook, which produced strong returns during the quarter.
The Health Care sector was another area of modest weakness for the portfolio during the period. The two biggest detractors were McKesson and CVS Health Corporation. Both of these stocks were negatively impacted on concerns that Amazon will enter their markets and investors fear that development could result in pricing pressure and lost market share for both companies.
Overall the top contributors on an individual security basis were Twenty-First Century Fox, Microsoft, and Hess Corp while Carnival, Bank of America, and JPMorgan were the top detractors.
(As of 6/30/18) — We expect the market to experience continued volatility in the coming quarters as the Federal Reserve continues to normalize interest rates. Other concerns include inflation growth acceleration, potential strengthening of the U.S. dollar, geopolitical issues, and increasing protectionism efforts from the White House. Valuation metrics are also above historical market averages, leading us to believe the stock market may have a hard time achieving further multiple expansion. On the other hand, prospective tailwinds for the economy include further job growth, wage increases, lower tax rates, and simply more optimism from both businesses and consumers; all of which could lead to higher Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth.
Despite the expectation of continued volatility, we continue to focus on wide moat, large capitalization companies trading at reasonable valuations, in our view. As always, the Fund will continue to focus on competitively-advantaged companies that can be purchased at a fair price, in our opinion. As the stock market has continued to climb, it is getting harder to find companies that fit our investment criteria, but we continue to follow our process of finding new investment ideas and to be ready when market declines provide better opportunities.
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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The Buffalo Dividend Focus Fund received 3 stars among 1173 for the three-year period and 4 stars among 1051 Large Blend funds for the five-year period ending 7/31/18.
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.
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