Quick Facts
Inception Date:12/3/20127/1/2019
Expense Ratio:0.96%0.81%
Total Net Assets:$101.00 Million  (3/31/21)
Category:Large Cap Blend
Benchmark:Morningstar U.S. Large-Mid Cap
Dividend Distribution:Quarterly
Related Material:
   Fund Fact Sheet Q1 2021
   PM Commentary Q1 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. 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 1,224 Large Blend funds as of 4/30/21.

Investment Style

Performance (%)

As of 4/30/213 MOYTD1 YR3 YR5 YRSince Inception
BUFFALO DIVIDEND FOCUS FUND - Investor12.9011.0044.0416.6015.4114.47
BUFFALO DIVIDEND FOCUS FUND - Institutional12.8911.0444.2616.7715.5814.64
  Morningstar U.S. Large-Mid Cap Index12.2211.2548.4219.2817.7716.28
  S&P 500 Index12.9811.8445.9818.6717.4216.12
  Morningstar Large Blend Category12.8311.9446.5116.7115.8713.86
As of 3/31/213 MOYTD1 YR3 YR5 YRSince Inception
BUFFALO DIVIDEND FOCUS FUND - Investor5.365.3654.2914.9914.3213.91
BUFFALO DIVIDEND FOCUS FUND - Institutional5.405.4054.5215.1614.4914.08
  Morningstar U.S. Large-Mid Cap Index5.565.5659.3117.3316.6415.73
  S&P 500 Index6.176.1756.3516.7816.2915.57
  Morningstar Large Blend Category6.746.7456.8014.8714.8013.37
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 3/31/21)
Upside Capture86.71
Downside Capture96.01
Sharpe Ratio0.77
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 (6/17/21); Payment Date (6/18/21) – Ordinary Income & Capital Gains, if any

  • 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
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 3/31/21) 
# of Holdings87
Median Market Cap$62.25 B
Weighted Average Market Cap$360.57 B
3-Yr Annualized Turnover Ratio24.31%
% of Holdings with Free Cash Flow64.47%
30-day SEC Yield0.98%
Top 10 Holdings
HoldingTicker / MaturitySector% of Net
VisaVFinancial Services3.10%
UnitedHealth GroupUNHHealth Care2.15%
Edison IntlEIXUtilities2.10%
Horizon TherapeuticsHZNPHealth Care1.98%
AmazonAMZNConsumer Discretionary1.96%
Viper Energy PartnersVNOMEnergy1.91%
S&P GlobalSPGIFinancial Services1.85%
Cerence3.000%, 6/1/25Technology1.85%
As of 12/31/20. 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 3/31/21. 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 3/31/21. 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 3/31/21) — Equity markets continued to move higher in the 1st quarter of 2021, with the S&P 500 Index returning 6.17%. The period was marked by outperformance of value stocks as the market rotation that began in the last quarter of 2020 became even more pronounced. The vaccination rollout, combined with prospects for more fiscal stimulus, bolstered optimism towards companies that could benefit from the economy reopening. Additionally, an 80+ basis point move higher in the 10-Year U.S. Treasury yield during the quarter left sentiment towards growth stocks relatively more subdued.

The broad market Russell 3000 Index advanced 6.35% in the quarter. Value outperformed growth for the second straight quarter, with the Russell 3000 Value Index up 11.89% compared to the Russell 3000 Growth Index returning 1.19%. Relative performance was inversely-correlated with market cap size in the quarter, with the Russell Micro Cap Index up 23.89%, the small cap Russell 2000 Index up 12.70%, the Russell Midcap Index up 8.14%, and the large cap Russell 1000 Index returning 5.91%. The more cyclically-sensitive Energy, Financial, and Industrial sectors performed best in the quarter. Consumer Staples, Information Technology, and Utilities were the bottom three performing sectors. All sectors produced positive returns.


(As of 3/31/21) — The Buffalo Dividend Focus Fund (BUFDX) posted a return of 5.36% in the quarter, underperforming the Morningstar U.S. Large-Mid Cap Index return of 5.56% and the S&P 500 Index return of 6.17%. With the exception of the portfolio’s Information Technology, Real Estate, and Utilities holdings, all sectors in the Fund and the benchmark Morningstar U.S. Large-Mid Cap Index posted positive returns. Portfolio sectors with the highest weightings (Information Technology, Health Care, and Financials) had mixed performance relative to the Index. Health Care and Financials had favorable performance, while Information Technology produced negative relative performance. The portfolio’s Communication Services, Consumer Discretionary, Consumer Staples, Energy, Industrials, and Materials sectors delivered constructive performance relative to the benchmark. The Fund’s Real Estate and Utilities holdings detracted from relative performance.

Top Contributors

Investments that contributed most positively to performance were Viper Energy Partners LP (VNOM), Horizon Therapeutics (HZNP), and Bank of America (BAC). Viper (oil and gas mineral interests) rose as energy prices moved higher on more balanced supply/demand and prospects for an economic rebound. Horizon (biopharmaceuticals) advanced on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for increased manufacturing capacity for Tepezza (a thyroid eye disease drug), strong quarterly earnings, and acquisition of Viela Bio (VIE). Bank of America (financial services) climbed on rising interest rates, strong underwriting and trading revenues and prospects for an economic recovery.

Top Detractors

Apple (AAPL), Qualcomm (QCOM), and Viatris (VTRS) detracted from the Fund’s performance. After more than doubling in the past year, shares of Apple declined modestly on a cautious guidance, sector rotation, and concerns regarding increased regulation for big technology. Shares of Qualcomm (semiconductors and telecommunications equipment) fell after missing quarterly estimates hurt by near term supply constraints. Viatris (pharmaceutical) dropped after issuing guidance that was below Wall Street expectations.


(As of 3/31/21) — The S&P 500 Index achieved a record high during the period and ended just below the intra-quarter peak. The rise can be attributed to the expectation that the economy can recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. New COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths have declined in the U.S. as vaccines have been approved and injected into arms. The market favorably reacted to the new administration, passage of additional fiscal stimulus, and the central banks’ continued accommodative policies. Although the Federal Reserve continues to indicate that interest rates increases are on hold for the near future, the longer end of the treasury market sold off on concerns that inflation will increase. The rise in bond yields resulted in some market rotation as investors shifted from growth to value sectors. As the year continues to unfold, investors will be focused on the administration’s recently announced infrastructure proposal, vaccine rollouts, COVID-19 related reopening, and the length of accommodative monetary policy.

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.

The Morningstar Rating™ for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating™ for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating™ metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

The Buffalo Dividend Focus Fund (BUFDX) received 3 stars among 1,224 for the 3-year period and 3 stars among 1,055 Large Blend funds for the 5-year period ending 4/30/21.

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