Ticker
  BUFBX

Inception Date
  August 12, 1994

Total Fund Assets
  $698.35 Million  (3/31/18)

Expense Ratio
  1.01%

Benchmark Index
  ICE BofA ML Combined Index

MORNINGSTAR RATING

Overall Morningstar™ rating out of 314 Allocation–70% to 85% Equity funds as of 4/30/18 (derived from a weighted average of the fund’s three-, five-, and ten-year risk adjusted return measure).

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RISK VS CATEGORY

 

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Investment Strategy

The investment objective of the Buffalo Flexible Income Fund is primarily the generation of high current income and, as a secondary objective, the long-term growth of capital.

To pursue its investment objectives, the Flexible Income Fund invests in both debt and equity securities.

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Our investment strategy seeks to generate yield for any investor needing monthly income with capital appreciation, and we use many methods to address potential downside risks.

~ John Kornitzer, Portfolio Manager

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Performance (%)

As of 4/30/183 MOYTD1 YR3 YR5 YR10 YR15 YRSince Inception
(8/12/94)
Buffalo Flexible Income Fund-4.61-1.5710.465.375.886.268.467.26
  BofA ML Combined Index
    S&P 500 Index (60%)
    ICE BofA ML HY Master II Index (40%)
-3.82
-5.77
-0.89
-0.33
-0.38
-0.25
9.25
13.27
3.21
8.34
10.57
4.99
9.68
12.96
4.76
8.51
9.02
7.75
8.89
9.55
7.91
8.74
9.74
7.24
  Lipper Mixed-Asset Target Allocation Moderate Funds Index-3.53-1.046.604.906.275.276.426.94
  Morningstar Allocation--70% to 85% Equity-1.14-1.149.755.637.746.157.937.15
As of July 27, 2017 the Bank of America Merrill Combined Index (60% S&P 500 Index / 40% ICE Bank of America Merrill Lynch High Yield Master II Index) has replaced the S&P 500 Index as the Fund’s primary benchmark. The Advisor believes the new index is more appropriate given the Fund’s holdings.
As of 3/31/183 MOYTD1 YR3 YR5 YR10 YR15 YRSince Inception
(8/12/94)
Buffalo Flexible Income Fund-3.45-3.457.575.305.746.488.757.20
  BofA ML Combined Index
    S&P 500 Index (60%)
    ICE BofA ML HY Master II Index (40%)
-0.82
-0.76
-0.91
-0.82
-0.76
-0.91
9.87
13.99
3.69
8.54
10.78
5.18
9.99
13.31
5.01
8.94
9.49
8.12
9.37
10.10
8.27
8.87
9.76
7.53
  Lipper Mixed-Asset Target Allocation Moderate Funds Index-1.07-1.077.605.226.585.596.796.96
  Morningstar Allocation--70% to 85% Equity-1.14-1.149.755.637.746.157.937.15
As of July 27, 2017 the Bank of America Merrill Combined Index (60% S&P 500 Index / 40% Bank of America Merrill Lynch High Yield Master II Index) has replaced the S&P 500 Index as the Fund’s primary benchmark. The Advisor believes the new index is more appropriate given the Fund’s holdings.
YearBuffalo Flexible IncomeICE BofA ML Combined IndexS&P 500 Index (60%)ICE BofA ML HY Master II Index (40%)Morningstar Allocation -- 70% to 85% Equity
201713.2116.0921.837.4816.21
20169.9014.1711.9617.496.03
2015-1.97-1.031.38-4.64-0.95
20143.599.2113.692.507.00
201316.6822.4032.397.4234.93
201210.3115.8316.0015.5814.07
20119.633.022.114.38-3.96
201011.6815.1115.0615.1924.61
200931.0738.8826.4657.5139.11
2008-29.47-32.76-37.00-26.39-43.77

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.

Portfolio

(As of 3/31/18)

# of Equity Holdings55
# of Fixed Holdings15
Median Market Cap$62.70 B
Weighted Average Market Cap$145.53 B
3-Yr Annualized Turnover Ratio2.70%
Average Duration1.52 years
Average Maturity4.27 years
30-day SEC Yield2.27%
HoldingTickerSector% of Portfolio
Lions Gate Entmt Cv (1.25% 4/15/2018)--4.52%
HollyFrontierHFCEnergy4.03%
BoeingBAIndustrials3.54%
IntelINTCTechnology3.38%
MicrosoftMSFTTechnology3.19%
AT&TTCommunications3.04%
VerizonVZConsumer Staples2.79%
Exxon MobilXOMEnergy2.79%
ConocoPhillipsCOPEnergy2.71%
Johnson & JohnsonJNJHealth Care2.61%
TOP 10 HOLDINGS TOTAL32.60%
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As of 12/31/17. 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 3/31/18. 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 3/31/18. Allocation percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding.

Commentary

Commentary for Q1 2018   (As of 3/31/18)

CAPITAL MARKET OVERVIEW

(As of 3/31/18) — The long streak of low volatility and positive stock market returns ended in the 1st quarter of 2018. Strong gains in January were erased in February and March, leaving the S&P 500 Index down 0.76% for the quarter. Volatility as measured by the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX) was up about 80% in the 1st quarter after falling for the last three years. Investor worries about increasing interest rates, possible trade wars, and threatened government action against large technology companies offset generally strong economic data and corporate earnings growth.

PERFORMANCE COMMENTARY

(As of 3/31/18) — The Buffalo Flexible Income Fund delivered a return of -3.45% for the quarter. During the period, the S&P 500 Index returned -0.76% and the ICE BofA Merrill Lynch High Yield Master II Index returned -0.91%.

The equity portion of the portfolio produced a return of -3.45% compared to -0.76% for the S&P 500 Index. The primary sectors that led to the underperformance during the period were Consumer Discretionary and Consumer Staples. The underperformance in Consumer Discretionary was mostly due to a decline in shares of Lions Gate Entertainment, which was the biggest detractor, as it lowered its medium-term earnings guidance to mid/upper single digits versus low double digits previously, reflecting lower film segment earnings and higher programming spend at Starz. Meanwhile the underperformance within the Consumer Staples sector was mostly due to the size of our investments there as the Fund was overweight the worst performing benchmark sector during the quarter.

The top contributors to the Fund in the quarter were Intel, Boeing, and GlaxoSmithKline while the top detractors in the quarter were Lions Gate Entertainment, General Electric, and General Mills. In spite of the setback during the period, the equity component of the Fund continues to focus on large cap dividend payers, which we believe possess significant competitive advantages over the long term.

The fixed income portion of the Buffalo Flexible Income Fund generated a return of -3.34% for the quarter which underperformed the ICE Bank of America Merrill Lynch Master II Index return of -0.91%. Underperformance within the Consumer Discretionary segment was responsible for the entire shortfall relative to the fixed income benchmark during the quarter. The Fund was significantly overweight the Consumer Sector and a decline in our investments in fixed income securities issued by Lions Gate Entertainment, as explained above, negatively impacted performance.

The top contributors to the Fund’s fixed income portfolio included Approach Resources, Medicines Company, and Everi Payments while the top detractors were Lions Gate Entertainment and Nuance Communications.

OUTLOOK

(As of 3/31/18) — We believe the market could continue to experience increased volatility in the coming quarters as the Federal Reserve continues with its desire to normalize interest rates and as investors contemplate potential trade wars and threatened government action on large technology companies. 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.

Despite the expectation of more 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 to follow our process of finding new investment ideas and are ready when market declines provide better opportunities.

Within the fixed income portion of the fund, we continue to focus on higher quality, below investment grade credit securities. With credit yield spreads near cycle lows, in our view, we are being selective and disciplined with purchases, as we do not anticipate much price appreciation within fixed income markets, in general.

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.

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 Flexible Income Fund received 2 stars among 314 for the three-year, 2 stars among 275 for the five-year, and 4 stars among 203 Allocation--70% to 85% Equity funds for the ten-year period ending 4/30/18.

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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