|As of 6/8/2023|
|Total Net Assets:||$142.87 Million (3/31/23)|
|Morningstar Category:||Large Cap Growth|
|Benchmark Index:||Russell 3000 Growth|
Fund Fact Sheet Q1 2023
PM Commentary Q1 2023
Fund Objective & Investment Philosophy
The investment objective of the Buffalo Growth Fund is long-term growth of capital. The Fund invests in common stocks and other equity securities, including preferred stock, convertible securities, warrants and rights, with a goal of maintaining at least 75% of the Fund’s portfolio in companies with market capitalizations greater than the median of the Russell 3000 Growth Index at the time of purchase or $5 billion, whichever is lower. The median market capitalization of the Russell 3000 Growth Index changes due to market conditions and also changes with the composition of the index.
With respect to the remaining 25% of the equity weighting of the Fund’s portfolio, the Fund may invest in companies of any size, including, but not limited to, those with market capitalizations less than the lower of the median of the Russell 3000 Growth Index or $5 billion, whichever is lower.
The Fund managers seek to identify companies that are expected to experience growth based on the identification of long-term, measurable secular trends, and which, as a result, the managers believe 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 managers believe have favorable attributes, including attractive valuation, strong management, conservative debt, free cash flow, scalable business models, and competitive advantages.
The Growth Fund invest in secular trend leaders: attractively-priced, financially-strong, well-managed companies across all market cap segments, which we believe are favorably positioned to harvest the lion’s share of big secular growth trends.
Dave Carlsen, CFA, Co-Portfolio Manager
Overall Morningstar Rating™ of BUFGX based on risk-adjusted returns among 1,123 Large Growth funds as of 4/30/23
Morningstar Sustainability Rating™ of BUFGX out of 1,585 US Equity Large Cap Growth funds as of 3/31/23, based on 100% of AUM
Carbon Metric Rating of BUFGX as of 3/31/23 in the Large Growth category, based on 99% of AUM; long positions only
Historical Sustainability Score Rank of BUFGX
|As of 4/30/23||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||15 YR||20 YR||Since Inception|
|BUFFALO GROWTH FUND - Investor||7.37||17.87||1.95||9.76||10.05||11.49||10.09||10.30||10.07|
|BUFFALO GROWTH FUND - Institutional||7.37||17.92||2.05||9.92||10.21||11.66||10.25||10.47||10.23|
|Russell 3000 Growth Index||5.90||14.83||2.25||13.24||13.14||14.05||11.56||11.11||9.80|
|Morningstar U.S. Growth Index||3.06||14.33||-2.33||8.36||11.01||13.12||10.61||-||-|
|Lipper Large Cap Growth Fund Index||6.12||15.68||1.57||10.32||11.28||12.96||9.93||9.83||8.71|
|Morningstar Large Growth Category||3.71||12.53||-0.09||10.05||10.26||12.03||9.71||9.99||8.63|
|As of 3/31/23||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||15 YR||20 YR||Since Inception|
|BUFFALO GROWTH FUND - Investor||15.24||15.24||-12.55||13.84||9.91||11.52||10.37||10.68||10.01|
|BUFFALO GROWTH FUND - Institutional||15.30||15.30||-12.44||14.02||10.08||11.69||10.53||10.84||10.18|
|Russell 3000 Growth Index||13.85||13.85||-10.88||18.23||13.02||14.16||11.88||11.47||9.79|
|Morningstar U.S. Growth Index||14.79||14.79||-17.46||14.02||11.39||13.31||11.13||-||-|
|Lipper Large Cap Growth Fund Index||13.91||13.91||-12.66||14.91||11.13||12.93||10.26||10.13||8.68|
|Morningstar Large Growth Category||11.65||11.65||-12.67||14.80||10.21||12.07||10.05||10.31||8.63|
|BUFFALO GROWTH FUND - Investor||35.40||8.88||2.64||4.86||22.81||0.51||31.91||28.29||21.69||-31.13|
|BUFFALO GROWTH FUND - Institutional||35.60||9.05||2.80||5.02||22.99||0.66||32.11||28.49||21.85||-31.03|
|Russell 3000 Growth Index||34.23||12.44||5.09||7.39||29.59||-2.12||35.85||38.26||25.85||-28.97|
|Morningstar U.S. Growth Index||33.34||12.66||5.54||3.16||29.52||0.78||34.90||44.65||24.79||-36.70|
3 Year Risk Metrics
|BUFGX vs Russell 3000 Growth Index (As of 3/31/23)|
Hypothetical Growth of $10,000
|(As of 3/31/23)||
|# of Holdings||45|
|Median Market Cap||$100.43 B|
|Weighted Average Market Cap||$794.94 B|
|3-Yr Annualized Turnover Ratio||15.25%|
|% of Holdings with Free Cash Flow||88.89%|
Top 10 Holdings
|Name of Holding||Ticker||Sector||% of Net
|UnitedHealth Group||UNH||Health Care||2.47%|
|Thermo Fisher Scientific||TMO||Health Care||2.17%|
|TOP 10 HOLDINGS TOTAL||49.09%|
CAPITAL MARKET OVERVIEW
(As of 3/31/23) — Capital markets moved higher in the first quarter of 2023 as the S&P 500 Index gained 7.50% and the Bloomberg Aggregate Bond Index advanced 3.0%. Big swings in expectations for the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy drove market volatility during the period. Initially investors were concerned with data showing stubbornly high inflation and the prospect of additional interest rate hikes. However, during the final days of the quarter bank failures from Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank, and Credit Suisse, dramatically changed market expectations towards monetary policy and the impact that a banking crisis could have on the broader economy. As a result, shorter term Treasury yields fell, and large cap growth stocks rallied in a flight to quality. The view was that growth companies would be the biggest beneficiaries of lower rates, a reversal of the headwinds faced throughout 2022. Technology stocks were by far the leading contributors to broad market performance during the quarter while value stocks and dividend payers lagged. Excluding the technology sector, the S&P 500 Index return would have only been 2.70% during the period.
Recapping quarterly results, the broad-based Russell 3000 Index advanced 7.18%. Growth stocks significantly outperformed value stocks to start out the year, as the Russell 3000 Value Index returned just 0.91% versus a return of 13.85% for the Russell 3000 Growth Index. Relative performance improved going up in market capitalization (size) as large caps advanced more than small caps in the quarter. Larger cap stocks returned 7.46%, as measured by the Russell 1000 Index, compared to the smaller cap Russell 2000 Index return of 2.74%, while the Russell Microcap Index returned -2.83% in the quarter.
(As of 3/31/23) — The Buffalo Growth Fund returned 15.24% for the quarter, beating the benchmark Russell 3000 Growth Index return of 13.85%. Outperformance was driven by broad-based positive stock selection with noteworthy strength in the Industrial and Information Technology sectors. Here, record backlogs at many constituent companies support stable growth expectations for the near to intermediate term. In the midst of the growing uncertainty related to the regional banking crisis, these two sectors likely benefited from rotation away from Financials. Investors’ burgeoning interest in Generative AI throughout the quarter also played a positive role for the Tech sector.
The fund’s sector allocation impact was more mixed. Our overweight in Communication Services, one of the best performing sectors in the quarter, contributed positively while our underweight in Consumer Staples, a sector which trailed the broader benchmark return, also produced a positive allocation effect. Meanwhile, the Consumer Discretionary and Healthcare sectors were modest headwinds. In Consumer Discretionary, an underweight position in Tesla, which advanced +68% in the quarter, was the primary headwind. Finally, our overweight position in Health Care led to a modest sector allocation drag in an otherwise good quarter for the fund.
Microsoft (MSFT) shares advanced over 20% as investors rotated to Generative AI beneficiaries and the relative safety of well-capitalized large cap technology as uncertainty and turmoil at regional banks led to elevated recession fears. Microsoft has been investing heavily in the development of AI-powered solutions across its various business segments, such as using AI to enhance productivity and efficiency in its Azure cloud infrastructure, Search and Office software suite. Microsoft should continue to grow their leading share in cloud computing, gaming and MS Office productivity applications.
Meta Platforms (META) shares gained 76% during the period as investors embraced renewed expense discipline and expectations for improving revenue growth following a somewhat painful prior year that witnessed a bad combination of slowing growth and accelerated investments. The investments were targeted at innovative technologies to address Apple’s IOS privacy changes and short-form video capabilities to address competition from TikTok. Facebook is still a highly profitably digital advertising juggernaut with a favorable history of execution following transition years. We expect the recent investments will lead to improving engagement and revenue growth reacceleration.
Azenta (AZTA) was a top detractor during the quarter. Investors reacted negatively to 2023 guidance that projected a slower pace of margin expansion due to accelerated investments to build out their global sales infrastructure. Following the sale of its semiconductor business, Azenta is now a pure-play life sciences company with a cash-rich balance sheet. The company has carved out a clinical research niche by offering both cold storage repositories for biological tissue samples and genomic analysis services to leading biopharma companies who are increasingly outsourcing this capability to Azenta rather than build it in-house. Headwinds from currency (FX), China lockdowns, and COVID-related revenues have weighed on near-term results. However, the long-term trend towards biologics and cell and gene therapy have not slowed, and these new drugs require a materially different infrastructure for storage and shipping that is beneficial to the company.
Schlumberger (SLB) was also a negative contributor for the quarter. After the regional banking crisis, investors priced in a greater likelihood of recession which negatively impacted growth expectations in global energy markets. Schlumberger is an oilfield services company that supplies technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production, and processing. The company generates attractive returns on capital and has a strong competitive position. Earnings estimates for the company are likely to move higher as the oil and gas industry stands to receive help from China’s reopening, Europe’s ban on Russian gas, and the U.S. government ultimately needing to refill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
(As of 3/31/23) — We believe stock market multiples have largely adjusted to higher interest rates, but corporate earnings may still need to adjust downward to reflect a more difficult business environment. We expect companies will provide cautious earnings guidance due to slowing economic activity, higher funding costs and tightening credit conditions. On a positive note, we are seeing signs that the Federal Reserve’s aggressive effort to combat inflation is working. Inflation has likely peaked and supply chains are loosening. If inflation continues to slow at the current pace, the Fed is likely nearing the end of its rate-raising cycle with perhaps one more 25 basis point increase at its May meeting.
Our strategy is to take a long-term risk aware view and build positions in premier growth companies as risk/reward improves. We are leaning into quality; dominant companies with strong balance sheets and moaty businesses generating attractive returns. We’re also keeping a watchful eye for price dislocations where near-term uncertainty creates long-term opportunity. As we move through this more tumultuous part of the economic cycle, heightened investor fear and market volatility can lead to incredibly attractive stock opportunities for prepared investors with a long-term investment horizon. We believe investing in well-managed companies with durable competitive advantages trading at attractive valuations will continue to generate outsized multiyear returns. Thank you for your continued trust and support.
|Buffalo Growth Fund|
|Full Fund Holdings||12/31/22|
|Statement of Additional Information||3/8/23|
|Tax Guide - 2022||1/8/23|
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.
We construct our portfolios based on our own proprietary investment strategy.
Sticking to our disciplined investment strategy ensures we maintain a consistent, balanced approach.
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