Emerging Opportunities Fund
(As of 6/30/17)
May 21, 2004
Total Fund Assets
Russell 2000 Growth
Overall Morningstar™ rating out of 600 Small Growth funds as of 8/31/17 (derived from a weighted average of the fund’s three-, five-, and ten-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 599 funds in the Small Growth category, as of 8/31/17.
The investment objective of the Buffalo Emerging Opportunities Fund is long-term growth of capital. The Fund invests primarily in equity securities, consisting of domestic common stocks, preferred stocks, convertible securities, warrants and rights, of companies that, at the time of purchase by the Fund, have market capitalizations of $1 billion or less.
We believe investing in an actively-managed portfolio of premier, early-stage, growth companies could lead to growth of capital over time. We look for companies that could benefit from long-term industrial, technological, or general market trends, and are trading at what we view as attractive valuations.
~ Craig Richard, Portfolio Manager
The Fund managers seek to identify companies for the Fund’s portfolio that are expected to experience growth based on the identification of long-term, measurable secular trends, and which, as a result, may have potential revenue growth in excess of the gross domestic product growth rate. Companies are screened using in-depth, in-house research to identify those which the Fund managers believe have favorable attributes, including attractive valuation, strong management, conservative debt, free cash flow, scalable business models, and competitive advantages.
|As of 8/31/17||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||Since Inception
|Buffalo Emerging Opportunities Fund||4.32||17.92||22.67||6.94||12.79||7.48||8.12|
|Russell 2000 Growth Index||4.20||10.78||16.39||8.20||13.75||8.21||9.19|
|Lipper Small Cap Growth Fund Index||3.81||12.47||14.49||7.54||12.27||6.86||8.13|
|Lipper Micro Cap Funds Index||3.09||5.04||16.23||7.03||12.88||6.48||7.84|
|Morningstar Small Growth||3.33||10.43||15.98||7.66||12.55||7.42||8.05|
|As of 6/30/17||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||Since Inception
|Buffalo Emerging Opportunities Fund||9.70||17.52||33.67||5.46||13.77||6.88||8.20|
|Russell 2000 Growth Index||4.39||9.97||24.40||7.64||13.98||7.82||9.26|
|Lipper Small Cap Growth Fund Index||4.20||10.98||20.55||6.56||12.48||6.46||8.13|
|Lipper Micro Cap Funds Index||4.31||5.77||26.54||6.47||13.26||6.01||8.01|
|Morningstar Small Growth||4.33||10.15||23.12||6.67||12.81||7.05||8.11|
|Year||Buffalo Emerging Opportunities||Russell 2000 Growth Index||Morningstar Small Growth Category|
|vs Russell 2000 Growth Index|
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.
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||59|
|Median Market Cap||$854.36 M|
|Weighted Average Market Cap||$962.10 M|
|3-Yr Annualized Turnover Ratio||63.28%|
|% of Holdings with Free Cash Flow||56.45%|
|% of Holdings with No Net Debt||45.16%|
|Holding||Ticker||Sector||% of Net Assets|
|Motorcar Parts of America||MPAA||Consumer Discretionary||3.01%|
|LHC Group||LHCG||Health Care||2.58%|
|MGP Ingredients||MGPI||Consumer Staples||2.48%|
|Liberty Media||BATRK||Consumer Discretionary||2.28%|
|Del Taco Restaurants||TACO||Consumer Discretionary||2.18%|
|TOP 10 HOLDINGS TOTAL||25.22%|
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 6/30/17. 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 6/30/17. Market Cap percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding.
CAPITAL MARKET OVERVIEW
Equity markets continued their strong start to the year during the second quarter, primarily driven by strong corporate earnings growth. The Russell 3000 Index advanced 3.02% in the second quarter. As reported during the June 30 period, earnings from S&P 500 Index companies were up 14% year-over-year in the first quarter, the strongest growth reading since 2011.
Broadly speaking, growth stocks continued their outperformance relative to value stocks, while cyclical stocks that rallied to end 2016 underperformed as investors continue to discount the likelihood of government infrastructure spending and comprehensive tax reform.
The yield on the U.S. 10-year Treasury ended the June 30 period at 2.298%, a decline from its recent high of 2.609% in March due in large part to weaker inflation readings. In contrast, the outlook for growth and interest rate expectations improved in much of the rest of the world, which has driven the trade weighted U.S. dollar down 5.6% year to date. Oil entered bear market territory, with crude prices declining 9% during the quarter in response to stronger than expected inventory levels and rising U.S. production.
As mentioned above investors continued to favor growth over value, and the Russell 3000 Growth Index climbed 4.65% during the period compared to the more modest gain of 1.29% for the Russell 3000 Value Index. By size, microcaps were the best performers with the Russell Microcap Index gaining 3.83%. Meanwhile the large cap Russell 1000 Index gained 3.06%, followed by the Russell Midcap Index at 2.70% and the Russell 2000 Index finishing with a gain of 2.46% during the period. In general health care was the best performing sector as the chances for legislation to repeal or reform the Affordable Care Act appeared to diminish, and investors reacted by bidding up health care stocks. The technology sector was also a strong performer as the market continued to reward the strong earnings growth produced in this area. Conversely, energy was the worst performing sector driven by the decline in oil prices mentioned above.
The Buffalo Emerging Opportunities Fund posted a positive return of 9.70% in the quarter ending June 30, 2017, a result that outperformed the Russell 2000 Growth Index return of 4.39%.
Index performance this quarter was led by strong gains in healthcare and information technology, its two largest sectors, which returned 10.12% and 5.44%, respectively. This marked the second consecutive quarter where the Index gains were led by these two areas.
The start to the calendar year in the small cap growth universe has reversed much of the market action following the presidential election, where financials and industrials were strong performers based on expectations for more favorable domestic policies for these industries. As political policy reform hopes have faded, investors have returned to information technology and healthcare sectors where innovation drives revenue growth.
The Fund’s outperformance during the period was led by the information technology sector. The Fund’s technology holdings delivered a 19.76% return on average compared to the benchmark return of 5.44% for the sector. Leading the way for the Fund was Everspin Technologies, a first to market player in the magnetic random access memory (MRAM) market. MRAM has the combination of speed, endurance, and non-volatility that no other form of memory currently has. With applications in a wide range of industries ranging from data storage to automobile technology, this small player is addressing potential large markets. Thanks in part to favorable press on the company, the market began to discover this company’s growth opportunity and the stock appreciated significantly in the quarter.
Everspin is an example of the unique positioning of the portfolio as the Fund is positioned at the smaller end of the market cap spectrum within the Index. The Fund’s weighted average market cap was $962 million as of June 30th compared to the Index weighted average of $2,197 million. Everspin was an under the radar initial public offering (IPO) from October 2016 with an initial market capitalization below $200 million. While Everspin was at the low end of our market capitalization range, the Fund will continue to look to potentially benefit from smaller companies that do not get as much Wall Street coverage and are mostly
undiscovered by a large swath of investors.
Five9 also contributed significantly to the outperformance in the information technology sector during the period. The company is a leading provider of cloud-based software that operates customer service call centers. Five9 is operating in a space with a large global opportunity that includes 16 million agents working in call centers worldwide. The industry is ripe for disruption as legacy competitors have been slow to innovate. Additionally, two of Five9’s smaller peers were recently acquired by larger organizations, resulting in operational disruption. The combination of these factors should continue to bolster the outlook for Five9. This also provides an example of the type of technology investments the Fund typically looks for as Five9 is disrupting the status quo in potential large, global markets.
In the health care sector, a large individual contributor during the quarter was LHC Group. LHC is a leading provider of home healthcare services in 27 states. With the U.S. population increasing in age and healthcare cost pressures being applied by both public and private payers, home health care sits in the sweet spot at an average cost of less than $100 per patient, per day. The industry is moving further towards a compensation model based on quality scoring. LHC has landed near the top in these rankings and continues to show gains. As compensation is based on these metrics, LHC should continue to grow and take share from the smaller, regional based operators over the next several years.
Thus far in 2017 the market has favored growth-oriented companies and the Russell 2000 Growth Index has outpaced the Russell 2000 Value Index by over 10% YTD as of June 30th. We believe this is an indication of investors continuing to seek out investment stories with revenue growth opportunities given the stable economic environment 8+ years into the current recovery cycle.
We find it interesting that merger and acquisition activity (measured in U.S dollars) is down over 30% this year compared to 2016. Last year, the Fund benefited from takeout activity as five of its investments were acquired or merged into larger entities, which results in a price premium being paid to shareholders. Somewhat surprisingly the Fund has not had a single investment holding acquired year-to-date, but we continue to believe that many could be acquisition candidates given that many larger companies are starved for increased organic growth and look to buy smaller, faster growing companies in an effort to bolster their revenue growth profile. We believe that a clearer signal on tax policy and its direction might provide an environment more conducive to mergers and acquisitions which should potentially benefit the Fund.
As always, the Buffalo Emerging Opportunities Fund is primarily focused on identifying innovation within smaller emerging U.S. companies with North American revenue bases. U.S. consumer confidence and domestic small business confidence remain near all-time highs which should bode well for our smaller, U.S. centric companies.
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 Emerging Opportunities Fund received 2 stars among 600 for the three-year, 3 stars among 531 for the five-year, and 2 stars among 394 Small Growth funds for the ten-year period ending 8/31/17.
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