Mid Cap Fund
Fund Objective & Investment Strategy
The investment objective of the Buffalo Mid Cap Fund is long-term growth of capital. The Mid Cap Fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets in equity securities, consisting of domestic common stocks and preferred stocks of medium capitalization (“mid-cap”) companies — companies, at the time of purchase, with market caps between $4.5B and $30B.
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.
Chris Carter, Portfolio Manager
Overall Morningstar Rating™ of BUFMX based on risk-adjusted returns among 534 Mid-Cap Growth funds as of 7/31/19.
|As of 7/31/19||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||15 YR||Since Inception|
|BUFFALO MID CAP FUND - Investor||3.52||31.62||13.59||12.07||8.58||11.74||9.08||8.43|
|BUFFALO MID CAP FUND - Institutional||3.61||31.80||13.81||12.25||8.75||11.92||9.24||8.59|
|Morningstar U.S. Mid Growth Index||4.76||31.56||15.50||16.77||12.68||15.51||11.36||9.04|
|Russell Midcap Growth Index||3.22||29.03||14.15||15.51||12.30||15.41||10.93||9.47|
|Lipper Mid Cap Growth Index||3.91||28.80||12.69||16.33||12.05||14.25||10.54||8.70|
|Morningstar Mid-Cap Growth Category||3.16||27.23||9.78||14.61||10.98||13.90||9.90||7.72|
|As of 6/30/19||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||15 YR||Since Inception|
|BUFFALO MID CAP FUND - Investor||6.68||28.23||11.81||13.19||7.21||12.32||8.31||8.31|
|BUFFALO MID CAP FUND - Institutional||6.72||28.32||11.97||13.35||7.37||12.49||8.47||8.47|
|Morningstar U.S. Mid Growth Index||7.06||29.58||15.64||17.94||11.62||16.08||10.71||8.99|
|Russell Midcap Growth Index||5.40||26.08||13.94||16.49||11.10||16.02||10.25||9.37|
|Lipper Mid Cap Growth Index||6.42||26.37||13.11||17.37||10.82||14.93||9.86||8.62|
|Morningstar Mid-Cap Growth Category||5.61||24.97||9.88||15.59||9.78||14.53||9.29||7.66|
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
|BUFMX vs Morningstar U.S. Mid Growth Index (As of 6/30/19)|
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.
|(As of 6/30/19)|| |
|# of Holdings||63|
|Median Market Cap||$12.29 B|
|Weighted Average Market Cap||$18.70 B|
|3-Yr Annualized Turnover Ratio||49.64%|
|% of Holdings with Free Cash Flow||86.15%|
|% of Holdings with No Net Debt||32.31%|
Top 10 Holdings
|Name of Holding||Ticker||Sector||% of Net|
|Palo Alto Networks||PANW||Technology||2.99%|
|CoStar Group||CSGP||Real Estate||2.67%|
|Expedia Group||EXPE||Consumer Discretionary||2.10%|
|TOP 10 HOLDINGS TOTAL||25.67%|
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.
As of 6/30/19. Market Cap percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding.
CAPITAL MARKET OVERVIEW
(As of 6/30/19) — The S&P 500 Index posted its best 1st half of a calendar year since 1997, rising 18.54% from January 1 to June 30. During the most recent quarter, the index was in negative territory for the first two months (April and May) then rose 7.05% in the final month, marking the best June since 1955, and finished with a return of 4.30% for the quarter.
Central banks and trade policies continued to drive financial markets during the period. The threat of increasing tariffs against China and Mexico contributed to the sell-off early in the quarter, and the June rally was largely a result of dovish central bank commentary, leading investors to anticipate rate cuts in the coming months.
The Russell 3000 Index returned 4.10% in the quarter. By style, growth outpaced value, with the Russell 3000 Growth Index up 4.50% and the Russell 3000 Value Index up 3.68%. Large caps generally outperformed small caps in the quarter. The Russell 1000 Index returned 4.25%, just ahead of the Russell Mid Cap Index return of 4.13%. The Russell 2000 returned 2.10% during the quarter. Financials were the best performing sector, followed by Materials and Information Technology. Energy was the only sector to post a negative return, driven by a decline in oil prices. Health Care and Real Estate also underperformed relative to the broad market.
(As of 6/30/19) — In the 2nd quarter of 2019, the Buffalo Mid Cap Growth Fund returned 6.68% compared to the benchmark Morningstar U.S. Mid Growth Index return of 7.06%. The Fund’s underperformance was driven by stock selection in Information Technology, which was partially offset by favorable stock selection in the Financials sector. For the year-to-date period, the Fund has returned 28.23% compared to the benchmark return of 29.58%.
Exact Sciences shares have been driven by the acceleration in growth of its Cologuard test used for colon cancer screening. Management commentary about the Pfizer sales agreement, beginning in 2019, provided optimism about the potential for sustaining high growth in Cologuard tests. The company stated that completed test results in the 1st quarter reflected little contribution from Pfizer because timeline from signing up new doctors to a patient’s completed test is around six months.
MSCI posted strong 1st quarter results, with the market rebound helping their asset-based fees and strong subscription growth, driven by successful growth initiatives (e.g. ESG and factor-based investing). Market tailwinds and solid exchange-traded fund (ETF) inflows continued to help the stock’s performance throughout the quarter.
CoStar Group, a provider of information and marketing services to the commercial real estate industry, continued to benefit from accelerating sales growth, with bookings up 36% year-over-year. The integration of ForRent into Apartments.com continued to go smoothly and create revenue synergy opportunities. Looking forward, we expect CoStar to continue to grow revenues at an attractive rate, as they further penetrate a large addressable market within the industry.
Among the top detractors in the quarter were Palo Alto Networks, Arista Networks, and Inogen. Both Arista Networks and Inogen shares declined on disappointing earnings reports. Arista faced a surprise slowdown in spending toward the end of the quarter, which impacted its results – surely a side effect of its concentration of sales to several of the top technology companies building out public cloud offerings at hyperscale. Inogen continued to face difficult comps from 2018, when its sales were boosted by orders from one of the largest home care providers in the portable oxygen market. Higher sales in its direct-to-consumer business and international markets have not been enough to offset headwinds in the home care market.
Palo Alto shares were weaker despite results that exceeded expectations. Investors concentrated their attention toward the growing focus on cloud security and its subscription business model. There are fears that the subscription nature of cloud security could become a headwind for growth in the core business of selling next generation firewalls, a hardware plus subscription business model.
(As of 6/30/19) — We continue to see the economic environment as supportive for earnings growth. The most worrisome risk to this status quo has been the increasing probability of trade wars, particularly with China. President Trump has initiated tariffs and other restrictions on imports from China and has shown a willingness to rethink other trade agreements. The fallout from these decisions is on our radar, particularly for the companies most impacted by changes to international trade. The Federal Reserve (the “Fed”) appears to be shifting back to an accommodative stance, as the next interest rate move is expected to be lower, breaking trend with the interest rate increases over the last several years. It appears the Fed is being proactive to avoid being too late in providing economic support, perhaps the trade situation with China has them more ready to act. Regardless of the outcome on trade with China, we believe a strong domestic economy will help offset any negative impact from changes in international trade and our outlook for the remainder of 2019 remains positive.
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.
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.
We construct our portfolios based on our own proprietary investment strategy.
Sticking to our disciplined investment strategy ensures we maintain a consistent, balanced approach.
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The Buffalo Mid Cap Fund (BUFMX) received 2 stars among 534 for the 3-year, 2 stars among 481 for the 5-year, and 2 stars among 369 Mid-Cap Growth funds for the 10-year period ending 7/31/19.
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