Large Cap Fund
Fund Ojbective & Investment Process
The investment objective of the Buffalo Large Cap Fund is long-term growth of capital. The Large Cap Fund invests primarily in equity securities, consisting of domestic common and preferred stocks of large capitalization (“large-cap”) companies, that, at time of purchase by the Fund, have a market capitalization greater than $30 billion.
The Fund managers seek to identify companies for the Large Cap Fund’s portfolio that are expected to experience growth based on the identification of long-term, measurable secular trends, and which, as a result, the managers believe may have potential revenue growth in excess of the gross domestic product growth rate.
Companies are screened using in-depth, in-house research to identify those which the managers believe have favorable attributes, including attractive valuation, strong management, conservative debt, free cash flow, scalable business models, and competitive advantages.
Alex Hancock, Portfolio Manager
Overall Morningstar Rating™ of BUFEX based on risk-adjusted returns among 1,223 Large Growth funds as of 11/30/19.
|As of 11/30/19||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||15 YR||Since Inception|
|BUFFALO LARGE CAP FUND - Investor||5.86||28.67||18.65||16.89||12.86||13.42||9.53||9.91|
|BUFFALO LARGE CAP FUND - Institutional||5.89||28.84||18.82||17.06||13.03||13.59||9.69||10.08|
|Morningstar U.S. Large Growth Index||5.38||29.34||18.63||20.81||13.60||15.03||10.00||-|
|Lipper Large Cap Growth Fund Index||6.33||29.89||19.46||19.46||12.39||13.72||9.37||8.58|
|Morningstar Large Growth Category||6.09||28.57||17.63||17.33||11.35||13.49||9.38||8.69|
|As of 9/30/19||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||15 YR||Since Inception|
|BUFFALO LARGE CAP FUND - Investor||0.98||21.70||5.19||14.11||13.01||13.11||9.55||9.73|
|BUFFALO LARGE CAP FUND - Institutional||1.05||21.86||5.37||14.28||13.19||13.28||9.71||9.90|
|Morningstar U.S. Large Growth Index||-0.09||21.49||3.89||17.81||13.39||14.99||9.82||-|
|Lipper Large Cap Growth Fund Index||-0.42||21.16||2.76||15.96||12.04||13.37||9.27||8.33|
|Morningstar Large Growth Category||-0.47||20.54||1.87||14.62||11.04||13.13||9.33||8.47|
3 Year Risk Metrics
|BUFEX vs Morningstar U.S. Large Growth Index (As of 9/30/19)|
Hypothetical Growth of $10,000
|(As of 9/30/19)|| |
|# of Holdings||52|
|Median Market Cap||$50.63 B|
|Weighted Average Market Cap||$307.73 B|
|3-Yr Annualized Turnover Ratio||20.00%|
|% of Holdings with Free Cash Flow||86.54%|
Top 10 Holdings
|Name of Holding||Ticker||Sector||% of Net|
|CME Group||CME||Financial Services||3.18%|
|Intercontinental Exchange||ICE||Financial Services||2.41%|
|S&P Global||SPGI||Financial Services||2.35%|
|TOP 10 HOLDINGS TOTAL||39.16%|
CAPITAL MARKET OVERVIEW
(As of 9/30/19) — The U.S. stock market continued to advance in the 3rd quarter, as expectations for accommodative monetary policy appeared to outweigh concerns of slowing economic growth. The S&P 500 Index returned 1.70% in the period, bringing the year-to-date return to 20.55% through quarter-end. Weak economic data led the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates twice in the quarter, driving rates lower and bond prices higher. U.S. markets outperformed international markets on the strength of the U.S. dollar.
The Russell 3000 Index gained 1.16% in the quarter. Value narrowly outperformed growth, with the Russell 3000 Value Index up 1.23% and the Russell 3000 Growth Index advancing 1.10%. Large caps generally outperformed small caps in the quarter. The Russell 1000 Index returned 1.42%, the Russell Midcap Index returned 0.48%, and the Russell 2000 Index posted a loss of 2.40%. Defensive sectors led the way in the period, with Utilities up 9.34%, Real Estate up 7.69%, and Consumer Staples up 6.12%. Energy was the worst performing sector with a total return of -6.61%. Health Care was also weak, returning -2.25% on increasing political concerns.
(As of 9/30/19) — The Buffalo Large Cap Fund returned 0.98% for the quarter, outperforming the Morningstar U.S. Large Growth Index, which declined 0.09%. The Index experienced significant volatility, bottoming in early August, followed by gains through the end of September to finish mostly flat for the quarter. Relative to the Index, the Fund outperformed in the sectors of Financials, Technology, Health Care, Energy, Industrials, Consumer Discretionary, and Real Estate. These sectors of outperformance were partially offset by weakness in Materials, Telecom, and Consumer Staples.
The Fund ended the quarter with 52 holdings (excluding cash) representing 51 companies, up from 51 holdings representing 50 companies at the end of the previous quarter. The cash position ended the period at about 5% of Fund assets, in line with the prior quarter. During the period we initiated one new position in the Fund.
Alphabet (parent company of Google) returned almost 13% during the period and was the biggest contributor to the Fund’s return. After a disappointing 1st quarter 2019, the company reported a strong 2nd quarter 2019, with an acceleration in revenue driven by growth in mobile search, YouTube, and the Cloud. Although this company has outsized exposure to regulatory scrutiny associated with the upcoming election cycle, it remains the dominant player in internet search and appears poised for continued strong growth in coming periods.offset by some pressure in the pricing rate of some of its contracts.
Apple was another top-performing portfolio holding during the quarter, also returning 13%. Although this company is exposed to risks from the trade war with China, it reported a solid 2nd quarter, and outlook for growth in new products (i.e. wearables, next generation iPhones, Apple TV+, etc.) is strong, leading to optimism about performance in 2020 and beyond.
Equinix was also among the top performing positions in the quarter, returning 14%. The company is a leader in the data center space and has benefited from strong demand for its services. The company’s operating results have been strong, with growth across geographic regions and its various customer verticals.
Amazon was the fund’s biggest detractor from performance during the quarter, declining by 8%. This stock has been a strong contributor to performance in recent years, but reported mixed quarterly results, including expense pressure, partially due to a move to one-day shipping and the web services business which is growing more slowly than Microsoft’s and Google’s. We continue to remain optimistic about the company’s long-term prospects for growth in the eCommerce and web services segments, which remain large opportunities.
Xilinx was another weak position declining by nearly 19%. The company’s chip platforms have been well-positioned to grow in markets such as data center and 5G communications, but its operations and growth outlook have been hurt materially by the trade dispute and export restrictions on Huawei. Uncertainty about the company’s future growth outlook related to these factors has now hit the stock’s valuation.
PayPal was the third biggest detractor, declining by 9%. This company is a leader in the payment space and has benefited from the shift to eCommerce, but reported a weak 2nd quarter and also a reduction in 2nd half 2019 revenue guidance caused by delays in partner integration and launch of new pricing plans.
(As of 9/30/19) — Looking forward into the 4th quarter of 2019 and beyond, we remain cautiously optimistic about the long-term outlook for large cap stocks but believe they could be poised for continued volatility. Factors which we believe will drive this volatility include President Trump’s ongoing unresolved trade dispute with China. While there is no obvious end in sight for the trade war, we believe President Trump has a strong incentive to reach an agreement in order to prevent a sinking of the U.S. economy and declining stock markets going into the 2020 election year. We continue to see mixed signals about the health of the U.S. economy as the job market has remained relatively strong, but some data has pointed to slowing economic growth. The Federal Reserve cut rates twice in the 3rd quarter, but the timing and direction of more easing is unclear. We expect political concerns to drive market volatility as the Democrat-led House of Representatives explores an impeachment process against President Trump. We also believe the risk that Democrat primary voters could nominate a business-unfriendly candidate could pressure many large cap stocks, especially the “FAANG” stocks which account for large weightings in the Index, and many health care companies, which are sensitive to pricing legislation that would pressure growth and margins.
Within this framework, we have been managing the Fund cautiously yet actively, seeking to deploy capital into ideas which we believe have the most favorable risk/reward tradeoffs. We are continuing our strategy to identify investment opportunities in large cap companies with strong secular growth opportunities, which could benefit from long term trends and which should be relatively well-positioned to withstand the risk factors cited above, while also trading at attractive valuations, in our opinion. We appreciate your continued support.
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