|As of 6/24/2022|
|Total Net Assets:||$579.76 Million (3/31/22)|
|Morningstar Category:||Foreign Large Cap Growth|
|Benchmark Index:||FTSE All World Ex-US|
Fund Fact Sheet Q1 2022
PM Commentary Q1 2022
Fund Objective & Investment Philosophy
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.
In selecting securities for the International Fund, the Fund managers use a bottom-up approach in choosing investments, seeking companies expected to experience growth based on the identification of long-term, measurable industry, technological, global or other trends. Companies are screened using in-depth, in-house research to identify those which the Fund managers believe have favorable attributes, including: attractive valuation, strong management, conservative debt, free cash flow, scalable business models, and competitive advantages.
In making portfolio selections the Fund managers will also consider the economic, political and market conditions of the various countries in which the Fund may invest.
Overall Morningstar Rating™ of BUFIX based on risk-adjusted returns among 393 Foreign Large Growth funds as of 5/31/22.
Morningstar Sustainability Rating™ of BUFIX out of 7,532 Global Equity Large Cap funds as of 4/30/22, based on 99% of AUM
Carbon Metric Rating of BUFIX as of 3/31/22 in the Foreign Large Growth category, based on 91% of AUM; long positions only
Historical Sustainability Score Rank of BUFIX
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
|As of 5/31/22||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||Since Inception|
|BUFFALO INTERNATIONAL FUND - Investor||-7.54||-18.83||-13.61||9.54||7.50||9.19||5.21|
|BUFFALO INTERNATIONAL FUND - Institutional||-7.49||-18.78||-13.48||9.70||7.66||9.35||5.37|
|FTSE All World Ex-US Index||-5.19||-10.28||-11.53||7.36||5.07||7.10||2.64|
|Morningstar Global Markets ex-US Index||-5.49||-10.94||-12.23||6.82||4.64||-||-|
|Lipper International Fund Index||-5.33||-12.80||-12.17||7.75||4.78||7.41||2.59|
|Morningstar Foreign Large Growth Category||-9.17||-20.87||-19.91||6.97||5.46||7.60||2.63|
|As of 3/31/22||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||Since Inception|
|BUFFALO INTERNATIONAL FUND - Investor||-11.83||-11.83||1.94||12.63||11.11||8.87||5.88|
|BUFFALO INTERNATIONAL FUND - Institutional||-11.78||-11.78||2.08||12.80||11.28||9.03||6.04|
|FTSE All World Ex-US Index||-12.79||-12.79||-8.79||9.25||7.42||6.26||3.02|
|Morningstar Global Markets ex-US Index||-5.49||-5.49||-1.08||7.93||7.02||-||-|
|Lipper International Fund Index||-8.20||-8.20||-2.47||8.71||7.22||6.61||2.98|
|Morningstar Foreign Large Growth Category||-13.43||-13.43||-6.83||9.62||8.92||7.29||3.31|
|BUFFALO INTERNATIONAL FUND - Investor||19.01||19.29||-2.04||-0.45||3.19||29.33||-8.85||28.02||19.10||18.21|
|BUFFALO INTERNATIONAL FUND - Institutional||19.18||19.46||-1.89||-0.30||3.34||29.53||-8.71||28.20||19.24||18.42|
|FTSE All World Ex-US Index||17.81||15.62||-3.04||-4.46||5.12||27.47||-13.87||22.20||11.52||8.66|
|Morningstar Global Markets ex-US Index||17.36||15.71||-3.62||-3.65||5.45||27.37||-14.17||21.57||11.17||8.41|
3 Year Risk Metrics
|BUFIX vs FTSE All World Ex-US Index (As of 3/31/22)|
Hypothetical Growth of $10,000
|(As of 3/31/22)||
|# of Holdings||81|
|Median Market Cap||$37.88 B|
|Weighted Average Market Cap||$89.00 B|
|3-Yr Annualized Turnover Ratio||13.16%|
Top 10 Holdings
|Name of Holding||Ticker||Country||Sector||% of Net
|Schneider Electric||SU FP||France||Industrials||2.65%|
|Ashtead Group||AHT LN||England||Industrials||2.59%|
|Merck||MRK GR||Germany||Health Care||2.47%|
|Taiwan Semiconductor||TSM||Taiwan, Province of China||Technology||2.36%|
|Sartorius Stedim Biotech||DIM FP||France||Health Care||2.33%|
|Hexagon||HEXA B SS||Sweden||Technology||2.32%|
|TOP 10 HOLDINGS TOTAL||24.03%|
|TOP 10 COUNTRIES||% of Portfolio
|Taiwan, Province of China||2.36%|
|TOP 10 TOTAL||82.43%|
CAPITAL MARKET OVERVIEW
(As of 3/31/22) — Global capital markets pulled back in the quarter, shocked by Russia’s unexpected invasion of Ukraine that generated devastating consequences, above all, human loss and suffering. As the war unfolded throughout the quarter, it became clear that the affects would multiply. With both countries being substantial commodity exporters, inflation and supply chain concerns, that were already present before the war, intensified.
Among developed markets, Eurozone market performance was sharply negative. The Eurozone has high dependence on Russian oil, gas, and coal exports, and the invasion caused a spike in energy prices and fears over the continuity of supply. It is perceived that the effects would slow growth in the region and delay the post-pandemic economic recovery. At the same time, the European Central Bank outlined plans to end bond purchases and indicated that interest rate increases could come this year to combat rising inflation.
In Asia, the Japanese market declined, and more extensively in U.S. dollar terms due to the weakening yen. Japan is not yet raising interest rates; thus the attraction of the yen carry trade has returned. Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s market performance was also negative, as the city faced a full-blown wave of the omicron strain of coronavirus, and was forced to implement social distancing restrictions to control it.
Emerging markets, as a whole, were also in the red. Not only were Chinese markets weak in the face of rising COVID-19 cases and ensuing mobility restrictions, but commodity-importing countries, particularly those dependent on energy and wheat imports, saw their stock markets decline with rising commodity prices. However, with inflation abound, Latin American markets and other commodity-exporting countries like Brazil were strong-performing markets in the quarter.
While the S&P 5OO Index declined -4.60% during the quarter, the MSCI ACWI ex USA Index was down -5.44% (in USD terms) and the developed country MSCI EAFE Index declined -5.91% (in USD terms).
(As of 3/31/22) — The Buffalo International Fund (BUFIX) produced a return of -11.83% for the quarter, a result that underperformed the MSCI ACWI ex USA Growth Index return of -10.71%, and underperformed the more broad Morningstar Global Markets ex-US Index return of -5.49%.
Value stocks outperformed growth stocks by a significant amount in the period. Compared to the Morningstar Global Markets ex-US Index, the Buffalo International Fund’s focus on growth stocks was a hindrance to performance. The Fund’s overweight position in the Technology sector detracted from relative results as Technology underperformed in the quarter. On the other hand, Energy, Financials, and Materials outperformed in the quarter, but the Fund is generally underweight these sectors. The portfolio’s overweight to European markets also weighed on relative performance, as well as the underweight position to the strongly performing Brazilian market.
Top contributors in the period included Thales SA, Aon Plc, and Astrazeneca Plc.
Thales is a French company that engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of electronic equipment and systems for aeronautics, naval, and defense sectors. The company is a beneficiary of trends in security and cyber defense, and is a potential post-pandemic recovery story supplying electronic systems to the commercial aviation industry. Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the stock price soared as investors piled into defense-related stocks. We believe Thales will now also benefit from increased defense spending in the Eurozone.
Aon is a global provider of risk and insurance brokerage consulting. This business should continue to thrive, as the company has a strong market position in several growth areas, and a small part of its business can benefit from rising interest rates.
Astrazeneca, one of the largest multinational pharmaceutical companies, saw its stock perform especially well post the Ukraine invasion, as the industry was viewed as somewhat of a safe haven. We like the company’s stable revenue growth outlook post the acquisition of Alexion, and are optimistic about the pipeline of new therapies.
Top detractors in the quarter were Ashtead Group Plc, Omron Corporation, and Sartorius Stedim Biotech SA.
Ashtead, an equipment rental company that operates in the U.S. and the U.K., declined on fears of a weakening economy. In spite of the pullback, we continue to like the company’s long-term growth prospects through increased rental penetration and market share gains from smaller peers. Ashtead has scale in a fragmented market, affording them advantages such as the ability to spend more on IT and logistics that help make their offerings more attractive. The increasing cost of owning, operating, and complying with laws surrounding new equipment makes rental a preferable alternative in our view. Strong demand and tight supply of equipment should keep rental rates strong.
Omron, an automation stock headquartered in Japan, experienced weak stock performance due to chip shortages and logistics disruptions that caused them to report lower than expected profits and announce lower forward guidance due to a slower recovery. We expect the chip shortage to gradually resolve which should help boost near-term results.
Sartorius Stedim Biotech, a provider of equipment for the production of biopharmaceuticals, saw its share price decline partially on concerns around biotech funding. We believe these fears are overblown. Sartorius profits from increasing penetration of single-use products, a trend that is set to continue and a specialty of Sartorius Stedim. Biopharmaceuticals now comprise roughly one-third of the global pharmaceutical market, and 40% of the industry’s pipeline. We still like this business area with its high recurring revenues and pricing power.
(As of 3/31/22) — In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and continued COVID-related restrictions in China, the outlook for global growth in 2022 has weakened. Following war-related disruptions to supply chains, inflationary pressures for energy, food, and materials have intensified around the globe. Energy has been the strongest contributor in Europe, and annual inflation in the Eurozone has now risen to 7.5%, 4% of which is coming from higher energy costs. Raw materials and food prices are also on the rise, and many regions of the world will feel the effects. Furthermore, ongoing efforts to control the pandemic in China will put continued pressure on supply chains, and may cause even more meaningful disruption should the pandemic spread further. With inflationary forces and the ensuing rate increases by central banks to curb them, there is the risk that demand destruction will eventually ensue. A global recession is becoming a more likely event, and stagflation, the dreaded occurrence of inflation coupled with lack of growth, has many investors concerned.
Despite the dark clouds overhead, we keep in mind some positive points. Outside of China, the resolution of the pandemic and the increasing movement of people can be a force for economic growth. Consumers in developed markets within Europe and Asia have pent up savings and the means to spend. Though costs are rising, the strong desire to return to a more active life may offset hesitations about spending related to an uncertain future. In the Eurozone, while inflation is stoked by high energy costs, the pressures on the labor market are not as intense as seen in the U.S. Thus labor cost inflation has so far not been of great concern. We believe supply shortages that have contributed to inflation should eventually ease. It may be that inflation peaks near or mid-term and then begins to settle into a more acceptable level. And while energy costs may remain high through the “energy transition” in Europe, European officials seek to help lower-income consumers manage those costs. European companies will need to focus ever more on energy efficiency measures, and the green energy revolution that was already underway in Europe will most likely be accelerated. This will bring some added costs for companies, but is not entirely unexpected. It should also herald some new business and investment opportunities.
In times of slowing growth, as in boom times, we press on with our time-tested investment approach. While it is difficult to predict the future macroeconomic or geopolitical environment, we try to understand the existing conditions and plan for the associated risks within our existing framework. Our investment process is centered on bottoms-up investing. We seek out high-quality companies that have sound, sustainable business models, competitive advantages, and can benefit from secular growth drivers throughout the business cycle. We prefer businesses that have strong balance sheets and generate strong free cash flow. In an inflationary environment, we also favor companies that have the means to pass along cost pressures, such as companies with high recurring revenues or companies whose products make up a small cost of a larger product. We also pay close attention to the valuation multiples of the companies in our portfolio and seek out opportunities during periods of market weakness or volatility to buy high quality growth companies at attractive valuations, that should provide us opportunity to post superior risk-adjusted returns over the long term.
International Fund News
Kiplinger recognized the Buffalo Flexible Income and International Funds as “Top-Performing Mutual Funds” in their recent fund analysis.
BUFIX and BUFHX were named to the Investor’s Business Daily Best Mutual Funds 2022 list in the International Stock Fund and U.S. Taxable Bond Funds categories, respectively.
- Investor’s Business Daily “Best Mutual Funds List” – April 21, 2022
- Kiplinger’s “Top Performing Mutual Funds” – April 18, 2022
- Kiplinger’s “Top Performing Mutual Funds” – March 10, 2022
- Kiplinger’s “Top Performing Mutual Funds” – January 24, 2022
- Kiplinger’s “Top Performing Mutual Funds” – December 21, 2021
- Kiplinger’s “Top Performing Mutual Funds” – November 18, 2021
- Kiplinger’s “Top Performing Mutual Funds” – August 18, 2021
- Investor’s Business Daily “Best Mutual Funds List” – March 22, 2021
- Investor’s Business Daily “Best Mutual Funds List” – March 23, 2020
- Citywire “Top 20 Female Portfolio Managers in the U.S.” – December 20, 2019
- Kiplinger Top-Performing Mutual Fund (5 Years) – November 15, 2019
- US News & World Reports – Best Mutual Funds – August 15, 2019
- Zacks “4 Non-U.S. Mutual Funds to Buy Now” – July 3, 2019
- Zacks “3 Non-U.S. Mutual Funds Worth Taking a Look” – May 3, 2019
- Morningstar 5-star Overall Rating – March 31, 2019 – out of 373 Foreign Large Growth funds*
- Morningstar 5-star Overall Rating – December 31, 2018 – out of 364 Foreign Large Growth funds*
- Zacks “Consider These Non-U.S. Mutual Funds for Excellent Returns” – October 25, 2018
- Morningstar 5-star Overall Rating – September 30, 2018 – out of 347 Foreign Large Growth funds*
- Citywire “Winning Women – Top 20 Female Portfolio Managers in the U.S.” – August 31, 2018
- Citywire “International Stars to Watch” – August 10, 2018
- Morningstar 5-star Overall Rating – September 30, 2017 – out of 325 Foreign Large Growth funds*
- Zacks “Four #1 Non-U.S. Mutual Funds” – September 22, 2017
- Citywire “Alpha Female 2017 – The Top Female Fund Managers in 7 Major Markets” – August 8, 2017
- Zacks “3 Strong Buy Non-U.S. Mutual Funds” – June 7, 2017
*Overall Morningstar Rating derived from a weighted average of the fund’s 3-, 5-, and 10-year risk adjusted return.
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