Quick Facts
Inception Date:12/3/20127/1/2019
Expense Ratio:0.96%0.81%
Total Net Assets:$79.82 Million  (12/31/19)
Category:Large Cap Blend
Benchmark:Morningstar U.S. Large-Mid Cap
Dividend Distribution:Quarterly
Related Material:
   Fund Fact Sheet Q4 2019
   PM Commentary Q4 2019
   Summary Prospectus

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

Morningstar Rating


Overall Morningstar Rating™ of BUFDX based on risk-adjusted returns among 1,215 Large Blend funds as of 2/29/20.

Investment Style

Performance (%)

As of 2/29/203 MOYTD1 YR3 YR5 YRSince Inception
BUFFALO DIVIDEND FOCUS FUND - Investor-5.12-7.537.887.587.6411.68
BUFFALO DIVIDEND FOCUS FUND - Institutional-5.03-7.478.087.757.8111.85
  Morningstar U.S. Large-Mid Cap Index-5.28-7.938.209.949.0413.04
  S&P 500 Index-5.50-
  Morningstar Large Blend Category-6.29-8.735.397.897.2210.91
As of 12/31/193 MOYTD1 YR3 YR5 YRSince Inception
BUFFALO DIVIDEND FOCUS FUND - Investor7.8927.6627.6612.689.9313.21
BUFFALO DIVIDEND FOCUS FUND - Institutional7.8727.8527.8512.8410.0913.37
  Morningstar U.S. Large-Mid Cap Index9.0131.6131.6115.2111.4914.69
  S&P 500 Index9.0731.4931.4915.2711.7014.78
  Morningstar Large Blend Category8.1328.6228.6213.259.5212.62

* Partial year. Inception to year-end.

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
BUFDX vs Morningstar U.S. Large-Mid Cap Index (As of 12/31/19)
Upside Capture85.87
Downside Capture102.54
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. Assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. This chart does not imply future performance.
Net Investment
Short-Term Capital
Long-Term Capital
3/18/20$14.07 (Inv)

$14.07 (Inst)




12/18/19$18.82 (Inv)

$18.82 (Inst)




9/18/19$17.80 (Inv)

$17.80 (Inst)




2020 Distribution Dates:

Record Date: June 17, 2020 | Payable Date: June 18, 2020

Record Date: September 17, 2020 | Payable Date: September 18, 2020

Record Date: December 17, 2020 | Payable Date: December 18, 2020


Portfolio Characteristics
(As of 12/31/19) 
# of Holdings78
Median Market Cap$87.33 B
Weighted Average Market Cap$264.92 B
3-Yr Annualized Turnover Ratio28.07%
% of Holdings with Free Cash Flow70.51%
30-day SEC Yield1.14%
Top 10 Holdings
HoldingTicker / MaturitySector% of Net
VisaVFinancial Services3.04%
Edison IntlEIXUtilities2.55%
JPMorgan ChaseJPMFinancial Services1.92%
American Electric PowerAEPUtilities1.86%
Bank of AmericaBACFinancial Services1.76%
S&P GlobalSPGIFinancial Services1.76%
UnitedHealth GroupUNHHealth Care1.69%
Truist FinancialTFCFinancial Services1.64%
As of 12/31/19. 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 12/31/19. 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 12/31/19. Market Cap percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding.


Paul Dlugosch, CFA
Portfolio Manager

22 Years of Experience

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Jeff Sitzmann, CFA
Portfolio Manager

32 Years of Experience

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Jeff Deardorff, CFA
Portfolio Manager

21 Years of Experience

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(As of 12/31/19) — The combination of a U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) interest rate cut, an improving economic outlook, and easing trade tensions, sent equity markets sharply higher in the 4th quarter. The S&P 500 Index advanced 9.10% during the period, which brought the full-year (2019) gain to 31.49%. The Fed cut interest rates three times in 2019, erasing the brief yield curve inversion and assuaging fears of a recession. The economy continued to add new jobs at a strong pace and unemployment declined to 3.5%. Consumer spending remained healthy, and there is optimism for better business investment following the announced “phase one” trade deal with China.

Similar to the S&P 500 Index, the broad-based Russell 3000 Index returned 9.04% during the quarter. Growth outperformed value, as the Russell 3000 Growth Index returned 10.62% compared to a return of 7.41% for the Russell 3000 Value Index. Smaller companies outperformed larger companies, as one would expect in a “risk-on” period. The Russell Microcap Index surged 13.45% and the Russell 2000 Index advanced 9.94%. Large company benchmarks such as the Russell 1000 Index advanced 9.04% while the Russell Midcap Index produced a return of 7.06%. Technology and Health Care were the best performing sectors in the quarter, while more defensive areas of the market lagged such as Real Estate and Utilities. Higher long-term interest rates weighed on high-quality bond proxies – the safe haven 10-year U.S. Treasury Bond produced a return of -1.74% during the quarter.


(As of 12/31/19) — The Buffalo Dividend Focus Fund posted a return of 7.89% for the quarter, underperforming the Morningstar U.S. Large-Mid Cap Index return of 9.01% and the S&P 500 Index return of 9.07%. Sector weightings and security selection curtailed the Fund’s performance relative to the benchmark. The Fund’s sectors with highest weightings – Information Technology, Health Care, and Financials – posted positive, low double-digit returns, and the latter two sectors had positive contribution to comparable index sectors due the Fund’s overweight position and investment performance. Information Technology, a strong performing benchmark sector for the quarter, detracted from relative performance due to a portfolio underweight within, along with weaker security selection for the Fund. Information Technology averaged a weighting of nearly 27% during the quarter compared to the Fund’s 23%. The Industrial sector also detracted from relative performance for the portfolio.

Top Contributors

Specific securities that contributed most positively to performance included Apple Inc., Medicines Company, and Microsoft Corporation. Shares of Apple advanced on solid quarterly results, guidance on iPhone sales, strength in services and wearables, better trends in China, and reduced trade tensions. Microsoft improved on growing momentum from its cloud services and enterprise products which boosted quarterly results above analyst estimates. The company also won the Pentagon’s JEDI cloud contract, and shares experienced valuation multiple expansion on all the good news. Meanwhile, drug development company Medicines Co. jumped on favorable study results for Inclisiran (cholesterol therapy), which led to an acquisition agreement with Norvartis.

Top Detractors

Specific securities that detracted from performance included Boeing Company, AMC Entertainment Holdings, and Vistra Energy. Shares of Boeing fell due to uncertainty regarding the delayed and growing costs related to the return to service of its grounded 737Max planes. The movie theater chain AMC Entertainment dropped on lagging box office results and concerns regarding its high debt leverage. Meanwhile, Vistra Energy, a retail and wholesale electricity production and distribution company, declined due to a large shareholder selling some of their position, as well as a negative Capacity, Demand and Reserves report by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).


(As of 12/31/19) — The healthy gains in the stock market during the quarter were primarily driven by expansion in market valuation metrics, as corporate earnings have been relatively flat. Aiding the valuation expansion was the Fed, which cut short-term interest rates during the quarter and indicated a pause in further rate actions, possibly for an extended period. Trade tensions have also been reduced with agreements reached on the USMCA (United States, Mexico, and Canada) and the phase one pact with China. Key drivers for further stock market advancement are likely to be driven by how the Middle East conflicts play out, the upcoming domestic election cycle, and improved corporate earnings growth.

Despite the uncertainty primarily related to non-economic events, we remain focused on finding wide moat, large-capitalization companies trading at reasonable valuations, in our view. As always, the Fund will continue to emphasize competitively-advantaged companies that can be purchased at a fair price, by our analysis. If and when stock market volatility spikes, we will look for opportunities to find companies that fit our investment criteria, as we continue to follow our process of finding new investment ideas and to be ready when market declines provide better entry points.

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. 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.

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The Buffalo Dividend Focus Fund (BUFDX) received 3 stars among 1,215 for the 3-year period and 3 stars among 1,061 Large Blend funds for the 5-year period ending 2/29/20.

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