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™ based on risk-adjusted returns among 542 Mid-Cap Growth funds as of 5/31/19.
|As of 5/31/19||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||15 YR||Since Inception|
|BUFFALO MID CAP FUND||3.24||21.27||5.89||10.52||7.24||11.98||7.95||8.00|
|Morningstar U.S. Mid Growth Index||1.83||20.84||9.97||15.08||10.92||15.34||10.31||8.60|
|Russell Midcap Growth Index||-0.19||17.81||6.87||13.88||10.28||15.29||9.87||8.99|
|Lipper Mid Cap Growth Index||0.57||18.00||6.56||14.41||10.18||14.21||9.54||8.24|
|Morningstar Mid-Cap Growth Category||-0.36||16.76||3.17||12.76||9.11||13.78||8.97||7.28|
|As of 3/31/19||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||15 YR||Since Inception|
|BUFFALO MID CAP FUND||20.20||20.20||8.40||10.99||6.60||13.58||7.73||8.03|
|Morningstar U.S. Mid Growth Index||21.03||21.03||13.39||16.43||10.91||17.23||10.21||8.69|
|Russell Midcap Growth Index||19.62||19.62||11.51||15.06||10.89||17.60||9.94||9.18|
|Lipper Mid Cap Growth Index||18.75||18.75||10.96||15.89||10.07||16.23||9.50||8.36|
|Morningstar Mid-Cap Growth Category||18.19||18.19||8.04||14.18||8.99||15.70||8.84||7.44|
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.
As of July 27, 2018 the Morningstar U.S. Mid Growth Index has replaced the Russell Midcap Growth Index as the Fund’s primary benchmark. The Advisor believes that the new index is more appropriate given the Fund’s holdings.
3 Year Risk Metrics
|vs Morningstar U.S. Mid Growth Index (As of 3/31/19)|
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 3/31/19)|| |
|# of Holdings||62|
|Median Market Cap||$11.96 B|
|Weighted Average Market Cap||$19.73 B|
|3-Yr Annualized Turnover Ratio||46.09%|
|% of Holdings with Free Cash Flow||85.71%|
|% of Holdings with No Net Debt||33.33%|
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 3/31/19. 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 3/31/19. Market Cap percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding.
CAPITAL MARKET OVERVIEW
(As of 3/31/19) — Equity markets rebounded sharply to start 2019. The widely followed S&P 500 Index returned 13.65% in the 1st quarter, its best quarterly performance in 10 years. The market advance can be largely attributed to the Federal Reserve’s decision to put quarterly short term interest rate hikes on hold and end its balance sheet runoff. Additionally, prospects for a trade agreement between the U.S. and China appeared to improve, and the U.S. Government reopened after its longest shut down in history.
The Russell 3000 Index advanced 14.04% in the 1st quarter. Growth outperformed value, with the Russell 3000 Growth Index returning 16.18% compared to a return of 11.93% for the Russell 3000 Value. By size, midcaps led the way this quarter with the Russell Midcap Index returning 16.54%, followed by a return of 14.58% for the small cap Russell 2000 Index and 14.00% for the large cap Russell 1000 Index. Technology, Real Estate, and Industrials were the best performing sectors, while Health Care and Financials were relative underperformers.
(As of 3/31/19) — The Buffalo Mid Cap Fund produced a strong absolute return of 20.20% in the 1st quarter, but slightly trailed the Morningstar U.S. Mid Growth Index’s return of 21.03%. The relative underperformance was largely due to stock selection in the Consumer Discretionary and Health Care sectors.
ServiceNow shares surged higher after the company provided guidance for 2019 sales and earnings that exceeded consensus expectations. The company has benefited from digital transformation of business among its core customers in the Forbes Global 2000, a trend that appears to be capable of sustaining long term growth.
MSCI Inc., the index and investment services provider advanced 35% in the 1st quarter. The stock reacted favorably to a strong earnings report, an upbeat analyst day, and rising international equity markets. Looking forward, MSCI should continue to benefit from trends towards globalization, the growth of passive investing internationally, and the increasing focus on ESG (environmental, social, and governance) factors by investors.
EPAM Systems was another top performer in the 1st quarter, and like ServiceNow, has benefited from digital transformation. EPAM is a leading provider of outsourced engineering services for software and digital platform services. The company exceeded expectations for both the current quarter and guidance for 2019 and appears to have a sustainable path to future growth in the years to come.
A leading detractor in the quarter was Sony Corporation, where the outlook and results within the gaming division softened in the period causing investor concern. The current generation of gaming consoles, including Sony’s PlayStation are nearing replacement with many expecting next generation consoles to come to market in 2020-2021. Historically, gaming profits have peaked prior to new consoles being introduced. However, the business has become more subscription oriented, which should benefit profits relative to past cycles.
Another detractor in the quarter was Inogen, a leading medical device company in the portable oxygen market. Shares traded off following the company’s announcement of in-line financial results and guidance. The company described a tough comparison for growth in the 1st half of 2019, as a home care medical company which was a large purchaser of its portable oxygen devices in 2018 has paused orders indefinitely. Inogen has ramped its direct-to-consumer sales force, which has led to some margin compression as it invests to support new hires. The sales force expansion investment is expected to lead to growth acceleration later in 2019.
(As of 3/31/19) — The labor market continues to strengthen, boding well for consumer spending. While industrial activity has decelerated, it is still at a level that supports moderate Gross Domestic Product growth. Continued economic growth, subdued inflation, and a rebound in corporate earnings growth create a healthy backdrop for equity investing. However, the recent bounce back in equity valuations and ongoing trade disputes somewhat temper our bullish sentiment. Regardless, we continue to believe that investing in businesses with competitive advantages, strong growth outlooks, and attractive valuations, in our opinion, should generate solid risk adjusted returns.
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.
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The Buffalo Mid Cap Fund received 2 stars among 542 for the three-year, 2 stars among 482 for the five-year, and 2 stars among 361 Mid-Cap Growth funds for the ten-year period ending 5/31/19.
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