Quick Facts
InvestorInstitutional
Ticker:BUFIXBUIIX
Inception Date:9/28/20077/1/2019
Expense Ratio:1.06%0.91%
Total Net Assets:$377.63 Million  (7/1/19)
Category:Foreign Large Cap Growth
Benchmark:Morningstar Global Markets ex-US
Related Material:
   Fund Fact Sheet Q2 2019
   PM Commentary Q2 2019
   Summary Prospectus

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Fundamental Growth Investors

Portfolio Managers Bill Kornitzer and Nicole Kornitzer discuss how they attempt to find the most appropriate stocks to invest in from the thousands of companies worldwide.

“Unlike many of our peers, we aren’t trying to pick stocks that are going to be the best performers in the next week or the next quarter, but trying to strive for the best long term performance on a risk adjusted basis over time.”
  ~ Bill Kornitzer, CFA

Morningstar Rating

       

Overall Morningstar Rating™ of BUFIX based on risk-adjusted returns among 394 Foreign Large Growth funds as of 7/31/19.

Investment Style

Portfolio Manager Insights

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The Case for Investing Internationally

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Trump Tariffs & the Current State of International Markets

In a recent Q&A, BUFIX portfolio managers provided insightful answers to questions posed regarding the current state of the international markets.

  • What’s your take on the current status of the international market in relation to the U.S. cycle?
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Fund Objective & Investment Strategy

The investment objective of the Buffalo International Fund is long-term growth of capital.

The International Fund invests primarily in equity securities of established companies that are economically tied to various countries throughout the world (excluding the U.S.).

For purposes of the International Fund’s investments, “foreign securities” means those securities issued by companies:

  • Organized under the laws of, or with a principal office in, a country other than the U.S. and issue securities for which the principal trading market is in a country other than the U.S.; or
  • That derive at least 50% of their revenues or profits from goods produced or sold, investments made, or services provided in a country other than the U.S., or have at least 50% of their assets in a country other than the U.S.
  • Under normal circumstances, the International Fund does not expect its investments in emerging markets to exceed 35% of its net assets.
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When it comes to investing internationally, we believe our approach to stock selection is distinct. We are focused on finding good companies and aren’t constrained by benchmark alignment to countries or industries.

Our approach is based on finding companies with sound business models, exposure to long-term secular growth trends, and attractive risk/return growth and valuation characteristics, which we can own for the long-term.

Nicole Kornitzer, Portfolio Manager

Performance (%)

As of 7/31/193 MOYTD1 YR3 YR5 YR10 YRSince Inception
(9/28/07)
BUFFALO INTERNATIONAL FUND - Investor0.1316.651.2410.936.928.344.48
BUFFALO INTERNATIONAL FUND - Institutional0.1516.741.3811.097.078.504.64
  Morningstar Global Markets ex-US Index-0.9611.83-2.567.022.726.061.80
  Lipper International Fund Index-1.6012.57-3.986.682.806.011.64
  Morningstar Foreign Large Growth Category0.2717.11-0.467.794.417.172.15
As of 6/30/193 MO YTD 1 YR 3 YR5 YR10 YRSince Inception
(9/28/07)
BUFFALO INTERNATIONAL FUND - Investor6.8418.845.3513.216.529.264.68
BUFFALO INTERNATIONAL FUND - Institutional6.8818.935.5113.376.689.434.84
  Morningstar Global Markets ex-US Index2.7413.160.779.252.737.161.92
  Lipper International Fund Index3.5414.540.088.812.637.221.81
  Morningstar Foreign Large Growth Category4.8118.292.259.634.098.202.26

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
BUFIX vs Morningstar Global Markets ex-US Index (As of 6/30/19)
Upside Capture107.02
Downside Capture83.18
Alpha4.00
Beta0.97
Sharpe Ratio1.01
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.

Portfolio

Portfolio Characteristics
(As of 6/30/19) 
 
# of Holdings86
Median Market Cap$26.44 B
Weighted Average Market Cap$59.13 B
3-Yr Annualized Turnover Ratio9.20%
Active Share93.66%
Market Capitalization

As of 6/30/19. Market Cap percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding.

Top 10 Holdings
Name of HoldingTickerCountrySector% of Net
Assets
KeringKERFranceConsumer Discretionary2.38%
SAP SESAPGermanyTechnology2.32%
Sartorius Stedim BiotechDIMFranceHealth Care2.20%
Carl Zeiss MeditecAFXGermanyHealth Care2.17%
Taiwan Semiconductor ManufacturingTSMTaiwan (China)Technology2.06%
AonAONEnglandFinancial Services2.00%
LindeLINIrelandMaterials1.99%
Schneider ElectricSUFranceIndustrials1.98%
Davide Campari-MilanoCPRItalyConsumer Staples1.93%
LVMH Moet HennessyMCFranceConsumer Discretionary1.92%
TOP 10 HOLDINGS TOTAL20.95%
As of 3/31/19. 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.
Sector Weighting

As of 6/30/19. 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.

Top 10 Countries
COUNTRY% of Portfolio
Net Assets
Germany21.91%
France19.20%
United Kingdom9.65%
Netherlands7.16%
Switzerland5.00%
Japan4.59%
Ireland3.32%
Hong Kong2.59%
Spain2.28%
Norway2.28%
TOP 10 TOTAL77.98%

Management

Bill Kornitzer, CFA
Portfolio Manager

27 Years of Experience

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Nicole Kornitzer, CFA
Portfolio Manager

19 Years of Experience

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Commentary

CAPITAL MARKET OVERVIEW

(As of 6/30/19) — The S&P 500 Index posted its best first half return since 1997, rising over 18% for the first 6 months of the year. Not to be outdone, equity markets across the globe also moved higher, despite a perceived slowdown in global economic activity and a renewed increase in trade tensions during the quarter. Central Banks have all taken a dovish turn, and investors continue to take the view that with Central Banks in their corner little can go wrong. It wasn’t all smooth sailing during the period as rising trade tensions and a slow-down in industrial activity pushed markets lower in May. June saw a reversal higher as Mario Draghi, President at the European Central Bank (ECB), and our own Federal Reserve all but promised looser rather than tighter monetary policy for the future.

PERFORMANCE COMMENTARY

(As of 6/30/19) — For the quarter ending June 30, 2019, the Buffalo International Fund produced a return of 6.84%, outperforming the Morningstar Global Markets ex-U.S. Index’s return of 2.74%. Stock selection and a positive country allocation impact were the primary drivers of performance during the period. Our overweight to Germany and France, two of the better performing markets during the period, as well as a portfolio underweight to a weaker performing Japanese capital market contributed to relative results.

Overall, the sector allocation impact was fairly neutral during the period as the benefit of a portfolio underweight to the poorly performing Energy and Real Estate sectors was essentially offset by an underweight to Financials – a relative winner during the period – and a portfolio overweight to the lagging Health Care sector. The portfolio’s allocation to cash also detracted from relative results during the market’s advance, but, in spite of this, the Fund was able to outperform based on individual stock selection.

TOP CONTRIBUTORS
Top contributors in the period included Sartorius Stedim Biotech, Wirecard, and Carl Zeiss Meditec, all of which were helped by the secular nature of their revenue growth. Sartorius Stedim, which develops and manufactures laboratory equipment for the manufacturing of biological drugs, continued to benefit from the long-term opportunity of providing “picks and shovels” to the burgeoning biotechnology field, as supply chains continued to normalize. Wirecard, one of the fastest-growing online payment companies, continued to see strong organic volume growth. The stock bounced back from last quarter’s attack from short-sellers and their ongoing attempt to pester the company management team’s credibility. Meanwhile, Carl Zeiss Meditec, a leading provider of ophthalmic equipment and solutions, benefited from demographic trends and the ongoing roll out of their intraocular lenses.

TOP DETRACTORS
Positions partially offsetting the contributions from those above during the period included Merck KGaA, Dalata Hotel Group, and Whitbread. One of Germany-based Merck’s business segments was hampered by continued pressure in its liquid crystal display business as an oversupply of panels reduced manufacturing demand and pressured margins. Dalata, an Ireland-based, city-center hotel group, sold off due to RevPar (revenue per available room) concerns, highlighted by competitors in the United Kingdom (UK), which we believe has little bearing on Dalata’s capacity utilization or revenue per room. Meanwhile, Whitbread experienced very sluggish RevPar numbers in their UK business, which put pressure on the stock. Nonetheless, Whitbread is poised to return excess cash of over $2 billion to shareholders this year, which we believe will help the supply and demand balance for shares.

OUTLOOK

(As of 6/30/19) — As Central Banks are poised to add more liquidity to capital markets and concerns surrounding growth and trade tension appear to be waning, markets will increasingly look to the upcoming earnings season to gauge company fundamentals as the tells of future performance. Despite the emphasis on looser monetary policies as a means to stimulate the economy, we view the economic benefits to be relatively modest outside of acting as impetus to push financial asset prices ever higher. While we expect economic activity in the 3rd quarter to continue to be unexciting, any reduction in trade or political tensions could markedly improve investor sentiment. We will continue to monitor the potential impact of this dynamic on the industries and companies in which we invest.

While not immune to a global economic slowdown, we believe our approach to investing positions us to identify companies than can grow throughout the economic cycle. Our view is that stocks outside the U.S. have become even less expensive relative to their domestic counter parts over the last few years. We hope to use any significant market dislocation caused by slowing economic growth or trade concerns to add to positions in companies whose long-term prospects remain unchanged, in our view.

Economic conditions may ebb and flow, but our focus remains steadfast on investing in attractively-priced, financially-stable, well-managed companies with innovative strategies fueled by secular growth attributes. We believe this discipline should lead to superior risk-adjusted returns over the long term.

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.

International Fund News

The Case for Investing Internationally

In this report, we provide insights into several areas that show the potential for increasing returns of international stocks over the long term.

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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.

The Morningstar Rating™ for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating™ for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating™ metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

The Buffalo International Fund (BUFIX) received 4 stars among 394 for the 3-year, 4 stars among 337 for the 5-year, and 4 stars among 249 Foreign Large Growth funds for the 10-year period ending 7/31/19.

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. ©2019 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. The Morningstar Style Box™ reveals a fund’s investment strategy by showing its investment style and market capitalization based on the fund’s portfolio holdings.