Quick Facts
InvestorInstitutional
Ticker:BUFHXBUIHX
Inception Date:5/19/19957/1/2019
Expense Ratio:1.02%0.87%
Total Net Assets:$215.67 Million  (12/31/19)
Category:High Yield Bond
Benchmark:ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield
Dividend Distribution:Monthly
Related Material:
   Fund Fact Sheet Q4 2019
   PM Commentary Q4 2019
   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 621 High Yield Bond funds as of 2/29/20.

Performance (%)

As of 2/29/203 MOYTD1 YR3 YR5 YR10 YR15 YR20 YRSince Inception
(5/19/95)
BUFFALO HIGH YIELD FUND - Investor0.38-0.986.414.074.115.885.676.566.90
BUFFALO HIGH YIELD FUND - Institutional0.42-0.966.484.204.256.035.826.717.06
  ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Index0.51-1.555.914.765.167.156.916.937.11
  Lipper High Yield Bond Funds Index0.30-1.865.654.364.396.565.805.405.87
  Morningstar High Yield Bond Category0.23-1.525.093.934.076.125.725.755.84
As of 12/31/193 MOYTD1 YR3 YR5 YR10 YR15 YR20 YRSince Inception
(5/19/95)
BUFFALO HIGH YIELD FUND - Investor2.9012.3212.325.184.786.115.696.606.99
BUFFALO HIGH YIELD FUND - Institutional2.8512.4012.405.314.926.265.846.757.15
  ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Index2.6114.4114.416.326.137.507.117.017.23
  Lipper High Yield Bond Funds Index2.9314.4614.466.095.416.936.035.526.00
  Morningstar High Yield Bond Category2.3112.4812.485.164.786.265.505.625.95
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 12/31/19)
Upside Capture74.90
Downside Capture66.75
Alpha0.82
Beta0.69
Sharpe Ratio1.16
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: April 17, 2020 | Payable Date: April 20, 2020

Record Date: May 18, 2020 | Payable Date: May 19, 2020

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

Record Date: July 17, 2020 | Payable Date: July 20, 2020

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

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

Record Date: October 19, 2020 | Payable Date: October 20, 2020

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

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
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 12/31/19) 
 
# of Holdings136
3-Yr Annualized Turnover Ratio36.95%
Average Duration2.32 years
Average Maturity5.95 years
30-day SEC Yield2.98%
Top 10 Holdings
Name of Holding% of Net
Assets
MacDonald Dettwiler (Term Loan B, 7/5/24)2.19%
Consolidated Communications (6.500%, 10/1/22)2.10%
Quad Graphics (7.000%, 5/1/22)1.75%
Phillips Van Heusen (7.750%, 11/15/23)1.70%
MPLX (6.875%, 8/15/23)1.64%
Nuance Communications (1.500% , 11/1/35)1.63%
Brunswick (7.375%, 9/1/23)1.59%
Performance Food Group Escrow Corp (5.500% , 10/15/27)1.49%
Cardtronics (1.000%, 12/1/20)1.49%
Treehouse Foods (6.000%, 2/15/24)1.44%
TOP 10 HOLDINGS TOTAL15.53%
As of 12/31/19. 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 12/31/19. Allocation percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding.
Sector Weighting
As of 12/31/19. 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.
Loan Duration
Duration Breakout (%)*
10+ Years0.00
7-10 Years0.45
5-7 Years4.79
3-5 Years23.97
1-3 Years30.64
0-1 Years22.33
*Excludes Bank Loans and Converts.
Loan Quality
Quality Breakout (%)
A & Above0.00
BBB6.22
BB29.02
B43.19
CCC2.37
Non Rated19.20
All ratings are as of 12/31/19. Standard & Poor’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 D (lowest grade); ratings are subject to change without notice. Not Rated (NR) 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 12/31/19) — After producing positive returns in the previous two quarters, the U.S. high yield sector continued to push higher in the 4th quarter, albeit to a lesser extent. The market’s performance was impacted by: (i) continued modest U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) growth; (ii) a widely-anticipated interest rate cut from the U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed); (iii) volatile movements in crude oil prices that affected the energy space; and (iv) the equity markets continuing to climb higher. The Fed’s rate cut and the resulting decline in short-term interest rates (3Month LIBOR down 18bps to 1.91%) encouraged investors to buy risky assets. The safe haven 10-year Treasury bond returned -1.74% during the quarter while the S&P 500 Index produced a return of 9.07%. The 10-year Treasury bond’s yield increased by 25 basis points (bps) from 1.67% to 1.92% during the period.

High yield mutual funds experienced cash inflows of about $3.6 billion during the quarter. This follows $3.8 billion in cash inflows during the prior quarter and a flat second quarter. The $78.6 billion in high yield new issuance during the quarter was up from $67.7 billion during the 3rd quarter. On a year-over-year basis, new issuance was significantly higher than the $19 billion that came to market in the 4th quarter of 2018, which happened to be the lowest quarterly issuance volume in 10 years.

The U.S. high yield universe as a whole produced positive returns in every sector and credit rating silo during the period. According to data from JP Morgan, the lower quality end of the credit spectrum (i.e., single B-rated issues and below) outperformed higher-rated issues. This comes after underperforming higher-rated issuers in the previous two quarters. The non-rated segment produced the highest return of 4.43% while the higher quality split BB-rated tranche was the worst performer at 2.22%.

According to data from JP Morgan, the U.S. high yield market’s spread to worst for the period was 424bps, which was 143bps tighter than a year ago (December 2018,) and 185bps below its 20-year historical average of 609bps. The yield to worst for the high yield market was 5.91% at quarter end, below the 20-year average of 8.76%, and below the yield of 8.23% from one year ago (December 2018). The U.S. high yield default rate increased to 2.63% in December, up 11bps from 2.52% in the previous quarter, but still below the long-term average of 3.44%.

PERFORMANCE COMMENTARY

(As of 12/31/19) — The Buffalo High Yield Fund produced a return of 2.90% for the quarter, which outperformed the ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Index return of 2.61%. The Fund’s result was in-line with the Lipper High Yield Bond Funds Index return of 2.93% during the period.

Fund Composition by Asset Class
12/31/183/31/196/30/199/30/1912/31/19
Straight Corporates68.1%65.4%64.7%65.0%55.6%
Convertibles7.6%10.1%12.1%13.4%17.7%
Bank Loans20.2%17.2%15.2%16.0%16.2%
Preferred Stock0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%1.1%
Convertible Preferred0.6%0.6%0.0%0.0%0.0%
Common Stocks0.8%0.7%1.4%1.2%1.7%
Cash2.7%6.0%6.5%4.4%7.6%
Total100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
Approximate Rate and Contribution of Return from the Fund’s Various Asset Classes in 4Q19
Unweighted ReturnContribution to Return
Straight Corporates2.2%1.31%
Convertibles8.4%1.28%
Bank Loans2.4%0.37%
Preferred Stocks6.4%0.04%
Convertible Preferred0.0%0.00%
Common Stocks6.6%0.09%
Total2.90%

TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Specific securities that contributed most positively to performance included Medicines Company 2.75% convertible bonds, Teva Pharmaceuticals 6.75% corporate bonds, and Maxar Technology bank debt. Medicines Company convertible bonds rose due to favorable study results for its new cholesterol-lowering medication along with an announcement that the company was being acquired by Novartis. Teva’s bonds rallied significantly following favorable court settlements that relieved investor concern over the company’s exposure to opioid litigation. Maxar Technology’s term loans improved after announcing asset sales that would be used to pay down debt.

TOP DETRACTORS

Securities that detracted from performance included 8×8 Inc. 0.5% convertible bonds, US Silica bank debt, and Quad Graphics 7% corporate bonds. 8×8 Inc. convertible notes declined as the underlying common stock was negatively-impacted by a sell-off in the Technology sector in early December. US Silica bank debt declined due to a weak earnings report and declining sand prices. Quad Graphics bonds declined following disappointing earnings announcement in late October.

OUTLOOK

(As of 12/31/19) — Looking ahead, a growing economy with modest inflation presents a favorable environment for risk assets; however, market participants are becoming increasingly concerned about trade wars, political uncertainty in Washington, and escalating tension in the Middle East.

Given that we are likely in the later stages of the economic cycle we find ourselves confronted with relatively-low spread and yield levels and are therefore managing the Fund cautiously, yet actively. We ended the quarter with 136 positions (excluding cash) compared to 131 positions in the previous quarter. We continue to focus on high-quality issuers with defensive business models and manageable credit metrics, and 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 compelling opportunity as they offer senior positioning in the capital structure and floating interest rates. Finally, we continue to look for opportunities in convertible bonds and preferreds.

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 3 stars among 621 for the 3-year, 3 stars among 540 for the 5-year, and 3 stars among 338 High Yield Bond funds for the 10-year period ending 2/29/20.

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