Quick Facts
Inception Date:12/3/20127/1/2019
Expense Ratio:0.94%0.79%
Total Net Assets:$110.45 Million  (6/30/21)
Category:Large Cap Blend
Benchmark:Morningstar U.S. Large-Mid Cap Index
Dividend Distribution:Quarterly
Related Material:
   Fund Fact Sheet Q2 2021
   PM Commentary Q2 2021
   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.


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 1,254 Large Blend funds as of 8/31/21.

Investment Style

Performance (%)

As of 8/31/213 MOYTD1 YR3 YR5 YRSince Inception
BUFFALO DIVIDEND FOCUS FUND - Investor3.8216.3728.7115.0515.2714.49
BUFFALO DIVIDEND FOCUS FUND - Institutional3.9016.5128.8915.2315.4514.67
  Morningstar U.S. Large-Mid Cap Index8.0920.7531.5118.5918.3316.70
  S&P 500 Index7.9521.5831.1718.0718.0216.56
  Morningstar Large Blend Category6.4320.5631.8116.2516.3514.21
As of 6/30/213 MOYTD1 YR3 YR5 YRSince Inception
BUFFALO DIVIDEND FOCUS FUND - Investor7.1712.9137.8716.4515.3214.40
BUFFALO DIVIDEND FOCUS FUND - Institutional7.1612.9538.0216.6115.4814.57
  Morningstar U.S. Large-Mid Cap Index8.7214.7742.2419.2818.0216.36
  S&P 500 Index8.5515.2540.7918.6717.6516.19
  Morningstar Large Blend Category7.5514.8440.4716.7716.1513.91

BUFFALO DIVIDEND FOCUS FUND - Investor23.9320.810.1312.0618.02-5.0527.6616.64
BUFFALO DIVIDEND FOCUS FUND - Institutional24.1220.980.2812.2318.20-4.9127.8516.83
  Morningstar U.S. Large-Mid Cap Index33.2013.320.9211.5921.71-4.5231.6121.11
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 6/30/21)
Upside Capture85.47
Downside Capture96.01
Sharpe Ratio0.85
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.
2021 Distribution Dates:

— Record Date (9/17/21); Payment Date (9/20/21) – Ordinary Income & Capital Gains, if any
— Record Date (12/2/21); Payment Date (12/3/21) – Capital Gains, if any
— Record Date (12/17/21); Payment Date (12/20/21) – Ordinary Income, if any
Net Investment
Short-Term Capital
Long-Term Capital
6/18/21$24.27 (Inv)

$24.26 (Inst)




3/18/21$23.16 (Inv)

$23.16 (Inst)




12/18/20$21.72 (Inv)

$21.72 (Inst)




9/18/20$19.13 (Inv)

$19.13 (Inst)




6/18/20$18.26 (Inv)

$18.26 (Inst)




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)






Portfolio Characteristics
(As of 6/30/21) 
# of Holdings87
Median Market Cap$70.86 B
Weighted Average Market Cap$413.16 B
3-Yr Annualized Turnover Ratio21.50%
% of Holdings with Free Cash Flow65.79%
30-day SEC Yield0.96%
Top 10 Holdings
HoldingTicker / MaturitySector% of Net
VisaVFinancial Services2.71%
Viper Energy PartnersVNOMEnergy2.45%
Elanco Animal HealthELATHealth Care2.27%
Bank of AmericaBACFinancial Services2.26%
Horizon TherapeuticsHZNPHealth Care2.25%
CitigroupCFinancial Services2.09%
UnitedHealth GroupUNHHealth Care2.06%
Citizens Financial GroupCFGFinancial Services2.03%
As of 3/31/21. 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 6/30/21. 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 6/30/21. Market Cap percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding.


Paul Dlugosch, CFA
Portfolio Manager

24 Years of Experience

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Jeff Sitzmann, CFA
Portfolio Manager

34 Years of Experience

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Jeff Deardorff, CFA
Portfolio Manager

24 Years of Experience

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(As of 6/30/21) — Equity markets moved higher for the fifth consecutive quarter, as the S&P 500 Index returned 8.55%, raising the year-to-date return to 15.25%. The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has helped fuel an economic comeback while corporate earnings are improving. The vaccine adoption around the world is encouraging, and over 50% of the U.S. population is now vaccinated. Capital markets continued to be supported by significant spending from Congress and aggressive monetary policy from the Federal Reserve (the Fed). The 2nd quarter was marked by outperformance of growth stocks, overcoming investor concerns of rising inflation and potential interest rate hikes in the prior quarter. Hawkish comments from the Fed replaced inflation worries with concerns about the magnitude and duration of the economic recovery. Long duration growth companies were beneficiaries as yields on the 10-Year and 30-Year Treasuries declined during the period after climbing for the previous four months.

The broad market Russell 3000 Index advanced 8.24% in the quarter. Growth stocks outperformed Value stocks, as the Russell 3000 Growth Index surged 11.38% compared to the Russell 3000 Value Index gain of 5.16%. Relative performance was correlated with market cap size in the quarter, as the large cap Russell 1000 Index returned 8.54%, the Russell Midcap Index advanced 7.50%, the small cap Russell 2000 Index returned 4.29%, and the Russell Microcap Index finished 4.14% higher.

All economic sectors produced positive returns during the period with the exception of Telecom Services. Real Estate, Information Technology, and Energy led the advance followed by Financials and Health Care. More defensive areas, such as Telecom Services, Utilities, and Consumer Staples, trailed on a relative basis.


(As of 6/30/21) — The Buffalo Dividend Focus Fund (BUFDX) posted a return of 7.17% for the 2nd quarter, underperforming the benchmark Morningstar U.S. Large-Mid Cap Index return of 8.72% and the S&P 500 Index return of 8.55%. With the exception of Telecommunication Services, all sectors in the Fund and benchmark index posted positive returns. The Fund’s sectors with the highest weightings (Information Technology, Health Care, and Financials) had mixed results relative to the benchmark index. Financials had favorable performance, while Health Care and Information Technology produced relative underperformance. Meanwhile the portfolio’s Consumer Staples, Energy, Real Estate, and Utilities holdings delivered constructive performance versus the benchmark while Industrials and Materials detracted from relative results.

Top Contributors

Specific contributors to performance included Viper Energy Partners LP (VNOM), Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), and Apple Inc. (AAPL). Viper (oil and gas mineral interests) rose as energy prices moved higher on more balanced supply/demand and prospects for an economic rebound. Microsoft (software product and services) advanced on anticipated enterprise IT spending growth, which could lead to robust sales and margin expansion. Apple (consumer electronics and services) gained on continued healthy demand for high margin products and services and increased stock buybacks.

Top Detractors

Walt Disney Company (DIS), Truist Financial Corporation (TFC), and Southwest Airlines (LUV) were among the holdings that were detractors from the Fund’s performance. Disney (entertainment and media) fell as the number of streaming subscribers fell slightly short of Wall Street expectations. Truist (financial services) declined on lower interest rates and concerns regarding loan growth. Southwest (airline) gave back some of its robust share price gains in the 1st quarter due to anticipated weaker yields as a result of higher fuel and operating expenses.


(As of 6/30/21) — The stock market continued to advance during the quarter and ended the period at a record high. New COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths have declined in the U.S. as vaccines have been approved and administered. This has allowed the relaxing of COVID-related closures and restrictions. Workers are gradually returning to the office, and consumers are emerging from their homes and venturing back out. The pent-up demand aided by additional fiscal stimulus checks, and continued central banks’ accommodative policies, provide a favorable tailwind for the economy. Although the Fed continues to indicate that it is holding off raising interest rates, investors are mindful for any signs of inflation. While some prices have gone up, the Fed believes these are transitory. As the year continues to unfold, investors will also be focused on the following topics: prospects for passage of an announced infrastructure agreement, vaccination rates, booster shots, how COVID-19 variants will spread or be contained, if COVID-19 lockdowns resume, and how long monetary policy will remain accommodative.

Despite the uncertainty created by the pandemic, we remain focused on 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 value, in our opinion. As 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 1,254 for the 3-year period and 3 stars among 1,094 Large Blend funds for the 5-year period ending 8/31/21.

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