Dividend Focus Fund
(As of 3/31/17)
December 3, 2012
Total Fund Assets
Overall Morningstar™ rating out of 1,222 Large Blend funds as of 5-31-17 (derived from the fund’s three-year risk adjusted return measure).
The Morningstar Style Box™ reveals a fund’s investment strategy by showing its investment style and market capitalization based on the fund’s portfolio holdings.
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 1,222 funds in the Large Blend category, as of 5/31/17.
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.
|(As of 5/31/17)||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||Since Inception
|Buffalo Dividend Focus Fund||1.42||7.75||17.52||10.67||14.15|
|S&P 500 Index||2.57||8.66||17.47||10.14||15.13|
|Lipper Equity Income Funds Index||0.86||5.28||14.50||7.24||-|
|Morningstar Large Blend||2.21||7.82||16.05||8.08||-|
|(As of 3/31/17)||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||Since Inception
|Buffalo Dividend Focus Fund||6.56||6.56||18.32||11.72||14.45|
|S&P 500 Index||6.07||6.07||17.17||10.37||15.11|
|Lipper Equity Income Funds Index||4.03||4.03||16.09||7.78||-|
|Morningstar Large Blend||5.57||5.57||15.97||8.14||-|
|Year||Buffalo Dividend Focus||S&P 500||Morningstar Large Blend Category|
Each Morningstar category average represents a universe of funds with similar objectives.
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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.
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||90|
|Median Market Cap||$86.49 B|
|Weighted Average Market Cap||$157.32 B|
|3-Yr Annualized Turnover Ratio||50.90%|
|30-day SEC Yield||1.35%|
|% of Holdings with Free Cash Flow||66.67%|
|Holding||Ticker||Sector||% of Net Assets|
|JPMorgan Chase||JPM||Financial Services||2.07%|
|American Electric Power||AEP||Utilities||2.03%|
|Bank of America||BAC||Financial Services||1.90%|
|Berkshire Hathaway||BRK/B||Financial Services||1.57%|
|TOP 10 HOLDINGS TOTAL||20.96%|
As of 3/31/17. 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 3/31/17. 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 3/31/17. Market Cap percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding.
CAPITAL MARKET OVERVIEW
Equity markets got off to a strong start in the first quarter of 2017, thanks to an improving economic outlook. In February, small business optimism, as measured by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, was at its highest level in 12 years. In addition, the University of Michigan’s March consumer confidence survey showed that consumers were more confident in the economy than they have been at any time since 2000. Against this backdrop, growth stocks outperformed value stocks, led by technology, health care, and consumer discretionary companies. The recent strength in infrastructure companies, banks, and high-tax-rate stocks stalled late in the quarter when, following Congress’s failure to agree on a health care reform bill, investors began to question the Trump administration’s ability to enact elements of its pro-growth agenda. Within commodities, the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil fell 6% during the quarter in response to better than expected U.S. oil inventories and production.
The Russell 3000 Index advanced 5.74% in the first quarter and larger cap stocks outperformed smaller cap stocks. The Russell 1000 Index returned 6.03%, followed by the Russell Mid Cap Index return of 5.15%, and the Russell 2000 Index result of 2.47%. The Russell Micro Cap Index advanced just 0.38% in the quarter. The Russell 3000 Growth Index outperformed the Russell 3000 Value Index by 5.64%. Technology was the best performing sector during the quarter while the energy sector was the worst performer, driven by the decline in crude oil.
The Buffalo Dividend Focus Fund posted a return of 6.56% for the quarter and outperformed the S&P 500 Index return of 6.07%. For the quarter, the Fund’s relative outperformance was driven by the Financials, Real Estate and Energy sectors while the top detracting sector was Information Technology. The top contributors on an individual security standpoint were Apple, Inc., Noble Midstream Partners and CoreCivic while Hess Corp., ExxonMobil Corp. and QUALCOMM, Inc. were the top detractors. Within the Financials sector, the Fund’s relative outperformance during the quarter was driven by stock selection as S&P Global, Inc. gained 22.13% and Visa, Inc. rose 14.14%. S&P Global’s performance was driven by strong fourth quarter earnings as each of its business segments (Ratings, Market Intelligence and Index) reported better than expected revenue results while margins also improved relative to expectations. Visa’s performance also reflected strong fourth quarter earnings driven by the continued shift towards electronic payments as well as the consolidation of Visa Europe.
Information Technology was a drag on relative results during the period due to the sector allocation impact. While the Fund’s holdings performed slightly better than the Index during the quarter the portfolio was underweight the second best performing benchmark sector which detracted from relative results. Taking a closer look at this area we note that most of the underperformance within the Information Technology sector was specific to the Internet Software & Services subsector, which does not consist of many dividend paying companies that meet our investment criteria.
We expect the market to experience continued volatility in the coming quarters as the Federal Reserve continues to normalize interest rates along with a focus on the ability of the Trump administration to enact infrastructure spending, deregulation, and corporate tax reform. 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. On the other hand, potential headwinds include potential strengthening of the U.S. dollar, further increases in interest rates, and valuation metrics that are above historical market averages leading us to believe that the stock market may have a hard time achieving further multiple expansion.
Despite the expectation of continued volatility we continue to focus on wide moat, large capitalization companies that are 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 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.
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The Buffalo Dividend Focus Fund received 5 stars among 1,222 Large Blend category funds for the three-year period ended 5/31/17.
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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