Mid Cap Fund
|As of 6/8/2023|
|Total Net Assets:||$138.85 Million (3/31/23)|
|Morningstar Category:||Mid Cap Growth|
|Benchmark Index:||Russell Midcap Growth|
Fund Fact Sheet Q1 2023
PM Commentary Q1 2023
Fund Objective & Investment Strategy
The investment objective of the Buffalo Mid Cap Fund is long-term growth of capital. The Fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets in equity securities, consisting of common stocks, preferred stocks, convertible preferred stocks, warrants and rights of medium capitalization (“mid-cap”) companies. The Fund defines mid-cap companies as those companies that, at the time of purchase, have market capitalizations within the range of the Russell Midcap Growth Index.
The Fund managers seek to identify companies for the Mid 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.
Our focus has always been on investing in secular growth companies we believe are attractively-priced with strong balance sheets. We remain convinced the inefficiencies inherent in the small and mid-cap market spectrum, in addition to where we are in the economic cycle, are best suited for disciplined, active management of the portfolio.
Josh West, Portfolio Manager
Overall Morningstar Rating™ of BUFMX based on risk-adjusted returns among 527 Mid-Cap Growth funds as of 4/30/23.
Morningstar Sustainability Rating™ of BUFMX out of 1,577 US Equity Mid Cap funds as of 3/31/23, based on 98% of AUM
Carbon Metric Rating of BUFMX as of 3/31/23 in the Mid Cap Growth category, based on 98% of AUM; long positions only
Historical Sustainability Score Rank of BUFMX
|As of 4/30/23||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||15 YR||20 YR||Since Inception|
|BUFFALO MID CAP FUND - Investor||-1.56||7.39||-4.31||7.51||8.23||8.89||8.19||9.57||8.02|
|BUFFALO MID CAP FUND - Institutional||-1.55||7.42||-4.23||7.65||8.38||9.04||8.35||9.73||8.18|
|Russell Midcap Growth Index||-1.08||7.56||1.60||9.21||8.96||10.84||9.48||10.90||8.93|
|Morningstar U.S. Mid Growth Index||-3.04||6.42||-2.33||7.80||9.16||10.79||8.91||-||-|
|Lipper Mid Cap Growth Index||-2.66||5.88||-3.10||6.97||7.38||9.80||8.25||9.95||7.94|
|Morningstar Mid-Cap Growth Category||-2.66||5.88||-2.76||8.97||7.84||10.11||8.60||9.98||7.36|
|As of 3/31/23||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||15 YR||20 YR||Since Inception|
|BUFFALO MID CAP FUND - Investor||8.80||8.80||-12.58||12.61||8.49||9.13||8.95||10.21||8.12|
|BUFFALO MID CAP FUND - Institutional||8.89||8.89||-12.46||12.80||8.66||9.29||9.12||10.37||8.28|
|Russell Midcap Growth Index||9.14||9.14||-8.52||15.20||9.07||11.17||10.10||11.35||9.05|
|Morningstar U.S. Mid Growth Index||9.71||9.71||-11.66||14.53||9.70||11.22||9.80||-||-|
|Lipper Mid Cap Growth Index||7.56||7.56||-12.73||12.83||7.58||10.03||8.89||10.41||8.06|
|Morningstar Mid-Cap Growth Category||7.65||7.65||-11.95||14.85||8.12||10.34||9.25||10.45||7.47|
|BUFFALO MID CAP FUND - Investor||29.25||5.85||-0.52||5.93||13.66||-7.30||37.98||34.18||14.61||-27.80|
|BUFFALO MID CAP FUND - Institutional||29.45||6.00||-0.37||6.08||13.82||-7.16||38.16||34.42||14.73||-27.69|
|Russell Midcap Growth Index||35.74||11.90||-0.20||7.33||25.27||-4.75||35.47||35.59||12.73||-26.72|
|Morningstar U.S. Mid Growth Index||34.07||9.77||-0.71||6.46||25.67||-3.16||36.01||46.17||14.97||-32.37|
3 Year Risk Metrics
|BUFMX vs Russell Midcap Growth Index (As of 3/31/23)|
Hypothetical Growth of $10,000
|(As of 3/31/23)||
|# of Holdings||60|
|Median Market Cap||$14.85 B|
|Weighted Average Market Cap||$23.27 B|
|3-Yr Annualized Turnover Ratio||27.70%|
|% of Holdings with Free Cash Flow||83.33%|
Top 10 Holdings
|Name of Holding||Ticker||Sector||% of Net
|CoStar Group||CSGP||Real Estate||3.35%|
|CBRE Group||CBRE||Real Estate||3.32%|
|Palo Alto Networks||PANW||Technology||2.57%|
|TOP 10 HOLDINGS TOTAL||30.78%|
CAPITAL MARKET OVERVIEW
(As of 3/31/23) — Capital markets moved higher in the first quarter of 2023 as the S&P 500 Index gained 7.50% and the Bloomberg Aggregate Bond Index advanced 3.0%. Big swings in expectations for the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy drove market volatility during the period. Initially investors were concerned with data showing stubbornly high inflation and the prospect of additional interest rate hikes. However, during the final days of the quarter bank failures from Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank, and Credit Suisse, dramatically changed market expectations towards monetary policy and the impact that a banking crisis could have on the broader economy. As a result, shorter term Treasury yields fell, and large cap growth stocks rallied in a flight to quality. The view was that growth companies would be the biggest beneficiaries of lower rates, a reversal of the headwinds faced throughout 2022. Technology stocks were by far the leading contributors to broad market performance during the quarter while value stocks and dividend payers lagged. Excluding the technology sector, the S&P 500 Index return would have only been 2.70% during the period.
Recapping quarterly results, the broad-based Russell 3000 Index advanced 7.18%. Growth stocks significantly outperformed value stocks to start out the year, as the Russell 3000 Value Index returned just 0.91% versus a return of 13.85% for the Russell 3000 Growth Index. Relative performance improved going up in market capitalization (size) as large caps advanced more than small caps in the quarter. Larger cap stocks returned 7.46%, as measured by the Russell 1000 Index, compared to the smaller cap Russell 2000 Index return of 2.74%, while the Russell Microcap Index returned -2.83% in the quarter.
(As of 3/31/23) — The Buffalo Mid Cap Fund increased 8.80% in the first quarter, slightly behind the Russell Midcap Growth Index’s increase of 9.14%. Strong stock selection in the financial sector was offset by weaker stock selection in health care, information technology, and industrials. Overall, portfolio allocation had a minor negative impact on results. Markets got off to a fast start, with the index up 8.73% in January, likely due to investor excitement about the possibility that inflation might be easing. Since then, investor sobriety has returned. Focus shifted to what lower inflation may be symptomatic of, such as a potential recession, and markets have since cooled.
Top contributors for the quarter included Palo Alto Networks, Inc. and MSCI Inc. Palo Alto’s next generation security software products performed extremely well. The company reported strong financial results for its 2nd fiscal quarter, with revenue, billings, margins, and free cash flow all exceeding investor expectations. The company also increased its guidance for billings, earnings, and free cash flow. Additionally, the company announced that it believes it now meets the criteria for inclusion in the S&P 500 Index. This led to double digit performance on the day of the earnings report.
MSCI also reported a strong quarter, with revenue, EBITDA, and earnings all exceeding investor expectations. Recurring subscription growth, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) products, and Index sales all performed well, but were slightly offset by a decline in customer retention, which tends to happen in periods when markets are weaker. The strong start for equity markets in 2023 likely helped sentiment as well.
The fund’s top detractors were Azenta, Inc. and CoStar Group, Inc. For Azenta, weakness in Life Sciences Products due, in part, to a less than expected contribution from recently acquired B Medical, led to a revenue miss for its first fiscal quarter of 2023. As a result, growth declined sequentially from 12% to 7%. Operating margin declined compared with the same quarter last year related to higher sales, general, and administrative expenses, leading to investor disappointment in margins.
CoStar’s stock performance was impacted by feared weakness in commercial real estate, the potential of a Move Inc. acquisition from News Corp. (since ruled out), and conservative guidance calling for a significant reduction in profitability as the company continues to invest for long-term growth.
(As of 3/31/23) — Financial conditions have continued to tighten this year. The Fed Funds target rate has risen from 4.25-4.50% to 4.75-5.00% this year, though only one more raise is anticipated at this point. 10-year Treasury yields decreased 33 bps in the quarter and the yield curve inversion (short-term yields are greater than long-term yields) signals greater expectations of declining economic growth.
While these are undoubtedly challenging economic times, our mandate remains unchanged. We continue to look for attractively valued businesses with solid growth opportunities, durable competitive advantages, scalable business models, and exceptional management teams. Thank you for your continued support.
|Full Fund Holdings||12/31/22|
|Statement of Additional Information||3/8/23|
|Tax Guide - 2022||1/8/23|
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Top-Down & Bottom-Up
We identify Top-Down broad, secular growth trends and search for companies from the Bottom-Up.
We construct our portfolios based on our own proprietary investment strategy.
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