Quick Facts
InvestorInstitutional
Ticker:BUFHXBUIHX
Inception Date:5/19/19957/1/2019
Expense Ratio:1.03%0.89%
Total Net Assets:$243.81 Million  (9/30/20)
Category:High Yield Bond
Benchmark:ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield
Dividend Distribution:Monthly
Related Material:
   Fund Fact Sheet Q3 2020
   PM Commentary Q3 2020
   Summary Prospectus
Fund Objective & Investment Process

The investment objective of the Buffalo High Yield Fund is primarily current income, with long-term growth of capital as a secondary objective. The High Yield Fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets in higher-yielding, higher-risk debt securities rated below investment grade by the major rating agencies (or in similar unrated securities), commonly known as “junk bonds”. Debt securities can include fixed and floating rate bonds as well as bank debt and convertible debt securities.

While the Fund maintains flexibility to invest in bonds of varying maturities, the Fund generally holds bonds with intermediate-term maturities. With respect to the remaining 20% of the Fund’s net assets, the Fund may invest in investment grade debt securities, U.S. Treasury Securities (typically with maturities of 60 days or less), money market funds, and equity investments, including dividend paying stocks and convertible preferred stocks.
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Our team brings many years of credit research experience to the bond market. We are proud to have provided our shareholders with what we believe is a conservative approach to investing in high yield bonds since 1995.

Jeff Sitzmann, Portfolio Manager

Morningstar Rating

       

Overall Morningstar Rating™ of BUFHX based on risk-adjusted returns among 625 High Yield Bond funds as of 10/31/20.

Performance (%)

As of 10/31/203 MOYTD1 YR3 YR5 YR10 YR15 YR20 YRSince Inception
(5/19/95)
BUFFALO HIGH YIELD FUND - Investor2.752.204.814.124.485.285.976.566.85
BUFFALO HIGH YIELD FUND - Institutional2.702.294.934.244.615.436.126.727.00
  ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Index0.400.172.543.866.146.077.037.216.99
  Lipper High Yield Bond Funds Index0.91-1.181.383.155.125.415.865.775.74
  Morningstar High Yield Bond Category0.51-0.701.432.874.785.065.816.065.71
As of 9/30/203 MOYTD1 YR3 YR5 YR10 YR15 YR20 YRSince Inception
(5/19/95)
BUFFALO HIGH YIELD FUND - Investor5.581.604.543.914.785.395.876.426.85
BUFFALO HIGH YIELD FUND - Institutional5.541.674.574.024.915.546.026.577.00
  ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Index4.71-0.302.303.836.616.286.957.017.00
  Lipper High Yield Bond Funds Index4.19-2.410.292.875.355.575.715.525.71
  Morningstar High Yield Bond Category4.32-0.991.332.895.185.295.725.875.72
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
BUFHX vs ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Index (As of 9/30/20)
Upside Capture87.53
Downside Capture84.61
Alpha0.41
Beta0.91
Sharpe Ratio0.27
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.
Distributions
2020 Distribution Dates:

Record Date: December 17, 2020 | Payable Date: December 18, 2020


Record
Date
Payable
Date
Distribution
NAV
Net Investment
Income
Short-Term Capital
Gains
Long-Term Capital
Gains
Distribution
Total
11/17/2011/18/20$11.36 (Inv)

$11.34 (Inst)
$0.03841134

$0.03976065
-

-
-

-
$0.03841134

$0.03976065
10/19/2010/20/20$11.18 (Inv)

$11.17 (Inst)
$0.04582894

$0.04731359
-

-
-

-
$0.04582894

$0.04731359
9/17/209/18/20$11.13 (Inv)

$11.11 (Inst)
$0.03853089

$0.03995890
-

-
-

-
$0.03853089

$0.03995890
8/17/208/18/20$11.05 (Inv)

$11.04 (Inst)
$0.03552847

$0.0369217
-

-
-

-
$0.03552847

$0.0369217
7/17/207/20/20$10.74 (Inv)

$10.72 (Inst)
$0.03443835

$0.03707609
-

-
-

-
$0.03443835

$0.03707609
6/17/206/18/20$10.71 (Inv)

$10.69 (Inst)
$0.03298246

$0.03762718
-

-
-

-
$0.03298246

$0.03762718
5/18/205/19/20$10.11 (Inv)

$10.10 (Inst)
$0.06052835

$0.06238986
-

-
-

-
$0.06052835

$0.06238986
4/17/204/20/20$10.07 (Inv)

$10.06 (Inst)
$0.02440948

$0.02566136
-

-
-

-
$0.02440948

$0.02566136
3/17/203/18/20$9.46 (Inv)

$9.45 (Inst)
$0.02418153

$0.02551335
-

-
-

-
$0.02418153

$0.02551335
2/18/202/19/20$11.30 (Inv)

$11.29 (Inst)
$0.04216331

$0.04290937
-

-
-

-
$0.04216331

$0.04290937
1/17/201/21/20$11.27 (Inv)

$11.26 (Inst)
$0.03963858

$0.04127700
-

-
-

-
$0.03963858

$0.04127700
For historical distributions, click here.

Portfolio

Portfolio Characteristics
(As of 9/30/20) 
 
# of Holdings137
3-Yr Annualized Turnover Ratio32.79%
Average Duration2.96 years
Average Maturity6.66 years
30-day SEC Yield3.88%
Top 10 Holdings
Name of Holding% of Net
Assets
Consolidated Communications (6.500%, 10/1/22)2.21%
Nuance Communications (1.500% , 11/1/35)2.06%
Cerence (Term Loan B, 9/30/24)1.90%
Builders FirstSource (5.000%, 3/1/30)1.81%
Quad Graphics (7.000%, 5/1/22)1.67%
MacDonald Dettwiler (Term Loan B, 10/4/24)1.67%
Phillips Van Heusen (7.750%, 11/15/23)1.63%
Brunswick (7.375%, 9/1/23)1.58%
Diebold Nixdorf (8.500%, 4/15/24)1.53%
MPLX (6.875%, 8/15/23)1.51%
TOP 10 HOLDINGS TOTAL17.57%
As of 6/30/20. 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.
Asset Allocation
Percentages of Total Assets as of 9/30/20. Allocation percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding.
Sector Weighting
As of 9/30/20. 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.
Duration
Duration Breakout (%)*
10+ Years0.10
7-10 Years1.40
5-7 Years8.08
3-5 Years29.16
1-3 Years31.15
0-1 Years12.39
*Excludes Bank Loans and Converts.
Credit Quality
Quality Breakout (%)
Baa5.38
Ba13.21
B46.34
Caa10.99
Unassigned24.08
All ratings are as of 9/30/20. Moody’s is the rating source for the Quality Breakout Table. A credit rating is an assessment provided by a nationally recognized statistical rating organization (NRSRO), such as Moody’s or Standard & Poor’s. The firm evaluates the of credit worthiness of an issuer with respect to debt obligations, including specific securities, money market instruments, or other bonds. Ratings are measured on a scale that generally ranges from Aaa (highest grade) to C (lowest grade); ratings are subject to change without notice. Unassigned rating indicates that the debtor was not rated by an NRSRO and should not be interpreted as indicating low quality.

Management

Paul Dlugosch, CFA
Portfolio Manager

22 Years of Experience

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Jeff Sitzmann, CFA
Portfolio Manager

32 Years of Experience

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Jeff Deardorff, CFA
Portfolio Manager

21 Years of Experience

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Commentary

CAPITAL MARKET OVERVIEW

(As of 9/30/20) — After posting its strongest performance since Q3 2009 in Q2 2020, the U.S. high yield sector continued its rally into the 3rd quarter of this year. High yield bond prices continued their recovery through July and August before reversing course in September. The first two months advanced on positive vaccine news, better-than-expected earnings and a dovish stance from the Federal Reserve. The high yield market declined in September amid uncertainty over a new economic stimulus package, the pending U.S. elections, and rising cases of COVID-19 in Europe. The 10-year Treasury Bond returned 0.08% during the quarter, while the S&P 500 Index advanced 8.93%.

Following a record $47.3 billion inflow in the 2nd quarter, high yield funds saw $10.7 billion of cash inflows in the 3rd quarter. While July and August continued the trend of inflows, September posted the first monthly outflows (-$4.3 billion) since the mass exodus in March of this year. During the quarter, high yield issuers brought $131.9 billion in new bonds to market, driven primarily by refinancing. In the first nine months of 2020, new issuance volume totaled $350.3 billion, up 68% from the $208.2 billion in the first nine months of 2019. According to JP Morgan, BB-rated issues accounted for the bulk of activity in the quarter (47%) with the heaviest volume coming from Energy (13.2%), Technology (9.4%), and Healthcare (8.6%).

During the quarter, the 10-year Treasury bond yield increased only two basis points (bps) to 0.68%, following what was essentially unchanged 0.66% during the June quarter and remains near record lows. Every industrial sector in the U.S. high yield universe and every credit rating silo produced positive returns during the 3rd quarter. According to data from JP Morgan, the lower quality end of the high yield credit spectrum (i.e., split B/CCC, non-rated, and defaulted issues) performed better than the higher end of the quality spectrum. The defaulted segment produced the largest gain of 11.82% and the BB segment was the worst performer with a still solid 4.24% gain.

According to data from JP Morgan, the U.S. high yield market’s spread to worst for the period was 603 bps, 119 bps tighter than the preceding quarter and 6 bps tighter than its 20-year historical average of 609 bps. The yield to worst for the high yield market at quarter end was 6.32%, below the 20-year average of 8.55%, and below the yield of 7.57% at the end of the June 2020 quarter.

PERFORMANCE COMMENTARY

(As of 9/30/20) — The Buffalo High Yield Fund (BUFHX) increased 5.58% for the quarter and outperformed the ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Index, which gained 4.71% for the period. The Fund also outperformed the Lipper High Yield Bond Funds Index return of 4.19%.

Fund Composition by Asset Class
9/30/1912/31/193/31/206/30/209/30/20
Straight Corporates65.0%55.6%60.1%55.4%60.6%
Convertibles13.4%17.7%16.7%20.1%17.6%
Bank Loans16.0%16.2%19.1%16.6%16.3%
Preferred Stock0.0%1.1%1.3%1.7%1.5%
Convertible Preferred0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%
Common Stocks1.2%1.7%1.0%0.6%0.4%
Cash4.4%7.6%1.8%5.6%3.6%
Total100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
Approximate Rate and Contribution of Return from the Fund’s Various Asset Classes in 3Q20
Unweighted ReturnContribution to Return
Straight Corporates4.9%3.00%
Convertibles9.8%1.93%
Bank Loans3.9%0.67%
Preferred Stocks7.8%0.13%
Convertible Preferred0.0%0.00%
Common Stocks14.6%0.08%
Total5.58%

TOP CONTRIBUTORS

During the quarter, 124 out of the 137 issues in the Buffalo High Yield Fund produced positive returns. The three top contributors were Nuance Communications 1.500% convertible bonds, Cerence 3.00% convertible bonds, and Zillow Group 2.750% convertible bonds. All three companies are technology-driven enterprises that reported better-than-expected earnings or guidance during the quarter, and the underlying stocks benefited from the strong demand from investors to own the Technology sector.

TOP DETRACTORS

Securities that detracted the most from performance included Energy Transfer common stock, K12 Inc. 1.125% convertible bonds, and MPLX 6.875% corporate bonds. Energy Transfer declined with the rest of the Energy sector stocks over concern for fossil fuel demand. K12 Inc. convertible bonds declined in September after Miami-Dade school board decided to stop using K12’s services. The contract was 1% of revenue and not related to the company’s core online business, but the stock sold off regardless. Similar to Energy Transfer, MPLX 6.875% bonds declined during the month of September amid fossil fuel demand concerns.

OUTLOOK

(As of 9/30/20) — Until March 2020, the United States had been enjoying a growing economy with modest inflation that had created a favorable environment for risky assets. However, near the end of February and early March, the COVID-19 pandemic and plummeting crude oil prices wreaked havoc on the markets. The U.S. high yield default rate increased to a three-year high of 3.54% in March, which was up 91 bps from the 2.63% level in December 2019, and above the 3.44% long-term average. The trend continued through July, peaking around 6.2% before declining to 5.8% through August and September. During the quarter, 26 companies defaulted on $19.3 billion of debt.

We are concerned first and foremost about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the fallout on global economies, with the upcoming presidential election being a secondary focus. We are managing the Fund cautiously yet actively, focusing on higher-quality, non-investment grade issuers with defensive business models and manageable credit metrics. We will continue to deploy cash in opportunities that we believe offer the most appealing risk/reward tradeoff with a bias toward shorter durations and less levered credits. Additionally, we believe bank loans offer a more defensive position as they provide senior positioning in the capital structure. Finally, we continue to look for opportunities in convertible bonds and preferred stocks. We ended the quarter with 137 positions, essentially unchanged from the previous quarter’s level (excluding cash).

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.

Literature

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The Buffalo High Yield Fund (BUFHX) received 4 stars among 625 for the 3-year, 3 stars among 541 for the 5-year, and 4 stars among 349 High Yield Bond funds for the 10-year period ending 10/31/20.

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