Quick Facts
Investor Institutional
Daily Pricing:  
As of 9/29/2022  
NAV: $10.07 $10.07
$ Change: $-0.04 $-0.03
% Change:
-0.40% -0.30%
-9.14% -8.96%
Inception Date: 5/19/1995 7/1/2019
Expense Ratio: 1.02% 0.87%
Total Net Assets: $269.31 Million  (6/30/22)
Morningstar Category: High Yield Bond
Benchmark Index: ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield
Dividend Distribution: Monthly
Related Material:
   Fund Fact Sheet Q2 2022
   PM Commentary Q2 2022
   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.


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 630 High Yield Bond funds as of 8/31/22.

Performance (%)

As of 8/31/223 MOYTD1 YR3 YR5 YR10 YR15 YR20 YRSince Inception
BUFFALO HIGH YIELD FUND - Investor-1.76-6.83-6.113.573.684.465.526.216.57
BUFFALO HIGH YIELD FUND - Institutional-1.72-6.75-5.983.733.814.615.686.376.72
  ICE BofA U.S. High Yield Index-3.54-11.02-10.410.812.434.446.037.406.48
  Lipper High Yield Bond Funds Index-3.34-10.14-9.470.952.324.095.056.465.38
  Morningstar High Yield Bond Category-3.23-10.19-9.740.591.883.624.886.245.29
As of 6/30/223 MOYTD1 YR3 YR5 YR10 YR15 YR20 YRSince Inception
BUFFALO HIGH YIELD FUND - Investor-7.98-9.54-8.482.813.164.335.276.086.49
BUFFALO HIGH YIELD FUND - Institutional-7.86-9.39-8.262.963.324.495.426.246.65
  ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Index-9.97-14.04-12.66-0.041.954.415.647.146.39
  Lipper High Yield Bond Funds Index-9.55-13.03-11.710.081.904.074.666.205.29
  Morningstar High Yield Bond Category-9.32-12.84-11.80-0.211.463.594.515.975.21

BUFFALO HIGH YIELD FUND - Investor10.359.401.961.806.655.98-2.2612.329.275.53
BUFFALO HIGH YIELD FUND - Institutional10.529.562.111.956.816.14-2.1212.409.435.69
  ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Index15.587.422.50-4.6417.497.48-2.2614.416.175.36
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 6/30/22)
Upside Capture101.64
Downside Capture77.72
Sharpe Ratio0.24
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.
Net Investment
Short-Term Capital
Long-Term Capital
9/19/229/20/22$10.27 (Inv)

$10.27 (Inst)




8/17/228/18/22$10.55 (Inv)

$10.54 (Inst)




7/18/227/19/22$10.19 (Inv)

$10.18 (Inst)




6/17/226/21/22$10.34 (Inv)

$10.33 (Inst)




5/17/225/18/22$10.56 (Inv)

$10.55 (Inst)




4/18/224/19/22$11.08 (Inv)

$11.07 (Inst)




3/17/223/18/22$11.17 (Inv)

$11.17 (Inst)




2/17/222/18/22$11.24 (Inv)

$11.23 (Inst)




1/18/221/19/22$11.49 (Inv)

$11.48 (Inst)




2022 Distribution Dates:

Net Investment Income, if any – Record Date (10/17/22); Payment Date (10/18/22)
Net Investment Income, if any – Record Date (11/17/22); Payment Date (11/18/22)
Capital Gains, if any – Record Date (12/2/22); Payment Date (12/5/22)
Net Investment Income, if any – Record Date (12/19/22); Payment Date (12/20/22)
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Portfolio Characteristics
(As of 6/30/22) 
# of Holdings128
3-Yr Annualized Turnover Ratio47.75%
Average Duration3.31 years
Average Maturity7.76 years
30-day SEC Yield6.62%
Top 10 Holdings
Name of HoldingMaturity Date% of Net
Northern Oil & Gas8.125%, 3/1/283.01%
DirecTV Financing1 Month LIBOR + 5.000%, 8/2/272.96%
MPLX3 Month LIBOR +4.652%, 8/15/232.48%
Penn Virginia Escrow9.250%, 8/15/262.31%
Talos Production12.000%, 1/15/262.18%
Consol Energy11.000%, 11/15/252.11%
Matador Resources5.875%, 9/15/261.88%
Energy Transfer7.125%, perpetual preferred1.82%
PetIQ3 Month LIBOR +4.250%, 4/7/281.66%
Magnite6 Month LIBOR +5.000%, 4/3/281.49%
As of 3/31/22. 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 6/30/22. Allocation percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding.
Sector Weighting
As of 6/30/22. 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 Breakout (%)*
10+ Years0.00
7-10 Years0.00
5-7 Years12.08
3-5 Years29.63
1-3 Years33.04
0-1 Years5.50
*Excludes Bank Loans and Converts.
Credit Quality
Quality Breakout (%)
All ratings are as of 6/30/22. 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.


Paul Dlugosch, CFA
Portfolio Manager

25 Years of Experience

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Jeff Sitzmann, CFA
Portfolio Manager

35 Years of Experience

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Jeff Deardorff, CFA
Portfolio Manager

25 Years of Experience

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(As of 6/30/22) — The U.S. high yield sector posted consecutive losing quarters as inflation fears and the economic fallout from the ongoing Russia/Ukraine conflict continued to weigh on investor sentiment. A 75-basis point (bps) increase in the Federal Funds rate, accompanied by hawkish commentary from the Federal Reserve, caused significant upward pressure on Treasury yields during the period. Commodity prices also remained elevated as the Ukraine invasion persisted. High yield bonds ended the quarter at a yield to worst of 9.21%, up 290 bps from the beginning of the quarter, finishing significantly higher than the record low of 4.22% achieved in July 2021. The 10-year Treasury yield rose 68 bps and produced a negative return of -5.00% during the quarter, while the S&P 500 Index posted a loss of -16.10% over the same period.

High yield funds continued its streak of monthly cash outflows that began in January 2022. High yield funds experienced $15.3 billion in outflows in the quarter. The current stretch of high yield outflows is the largest six-month period of outflows on record. Unsurprisingly, high yield new issuance was only $24.6 billion, which was the lightest volume since the December 2018 quarter and compares to the quarterly average of $117 billion over the last two years. According to JP Morgan, split BBB and BB-rated credits accounted for the bulk of the new issue activity in the 2nd quarter (53%), and was heavily tilted toward Energy (21.8%), Automotive (13.3%), and Metals/Mining (11.2%).

As mentioned previously, the 10-year Treasury Bond’s yield rose 68 bps from 2.34% to 3.02%, compounding the 83 bps increase in the previous quarter ending March 31st. Every credit rating silo produced negative returns during the 2nd quarter. According to data from JP Morgan, the highest quality split BBB credit tier declined -6.93% and outperformed the rest of the credit spectrum. CCC-rated bonds performed the worst, producing a return of -14.05% for the quarter. Similarly, every sector within U.S. high yield market produced negative returns during the quarter. According to data from JP Morgan, the Diversified Media sector was the best performing industry, declining -5.30% while Broadcasting’s decline of -14.60% was the worst.

According to data from JP Morgan, the U.S. high yield market’s spread to worst for the period was 620bps, 221bps wider than the previous quarter and 43bps tighter than its 20-year historical average of 577 basis points. The yield to worst for the high yield market at quarter end was 9.21%, above the 20-year average of 7.93%, and higher than the 6.31% yield at the end of the March 2022 quarter.

(As of 6/30/22) — The Buffalo High Yield Fund (BUFHX) declined -7.98% for the quarter but outperformed the ICE BofA U.S. High Yield Index and the Lipper High Yield Bond Funds Index returns of -9.97% and -9.55%, respectively.

Fund Composition by Asset Class
Straight Corporates61.5%65.3%67.8%68.3%69.4%
Bank Loans13.7%13.5%16.7%18.5%18.9%
Preferred Stock2.3%2.2%2.6%2.7%2.9%
Convertible Preferred0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%
Common Stocks0.0%0.0%1.3%0.0%0.0%

Approximate Rate and Contribution of Return from the Fund’s Various Asset Classes in 2Q22
Contribution to Return
Straight Corporates-6.38%
Bank Loans-0.61%
Preferred Stocks-0.09%
Convertible PreferredN/A
Common StocksN/A


The three top contributors for the Fund in the period were NuStar Energy 9.00% preferred stock, Maxar Technologies term loan, and Consol Energy term loan. NuStar Energy transports and stores crude oil and refined products and benefited from strong demand for crude and refined products during the quarter. Maxar Technologies term loan was refinanced during the quarter resulting in a recovery from its market price to its par value. Consol Energy provides coal mining services and experienced significant improvement in operating metrics, driven by European natural gas shortages and thus rising coal prices.


The Northern Oil & Gas 8.125% corporate bonds, Entercom Media 6.750% corporate bonds, and the Diebold Nixdorf 8.500% corporate bonds were the worst performers during the quarter. In mid-June, Northern Oil & Gas announced the acquisition of assets in the Williston Basin. Despite the low-priced accretive deal and debt/preferred repurchases, bonds came under pressure. Entercom (now called Audacy) sold off with the rest of the broadcasting sector over concerns a slowing economy would lead to less ad spending. Diebold Nixdorf reported weaker than expected earnings, and the Fund liquidated its position during the quarter.


(As of 6/30/22) — We are focused first and foremost on the Federal Reserve’s balancing act between taming inflation while avoiding a recession. We are also mindful of continued supply chain disruptions and the geopolitical uncertainty caused by the tragic conflict in Ukraine. It should come as no surprise that we are managing the Fund cautiously yet actively, focusing on high-quality 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 and less interest rate sensitivity due to their floating rate structures. Finally, we continue to look for opportunities in convertible bonds and preferred stocks. We ended the quarter with 128 positions, down from the previous quarter’s level of 138 (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.


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The Buffalo High Yield Fund (BUFHX) received 5 stars among 630 for the 3-year, 5 stars among 576 for the 5-year, and 4 stars among 395 High Yield Bond funds for the 10-year period ending 8/31/22.

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