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 11/30/18.
|As of 11/30/18||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||15 YR||Since Inception|
|BUFFALO MID CAP FUND||-10.10||1.32||1.30||5.31||5.79||13.61||7.82||7.59|
|Morningstar U.S. Mid Growth Index||-9.62||6.30||6.65||11.32||9.99||15.85||9.84||8.25|
|Russell Midcap Growth Index||-8.00||4.75||5.32||11.24||10.17||16.64||9.75||8.83|
|Lipper Mid Cap Growth Index||-7.94||6.85||7.09||11.68||9.55||15.29||9.31||8.09|
|Morningstar Mid-Cap Growth Category||-9.19||3.61||4.09||10.05||8.51||14.69||8.72||7.19|
|As of 9/30/18||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||15 YR||Since Inception|
|BUFFALO MID CAP FUND||4.63||11.24||15.56||10.40||8.62||10.84||9.37||8.27|
|Morningstar U.S. Mid Growth Index||7.86||17.03||24.76||17.07||12.85||12.83||11.28||8.96|
|Russell Midcap Growth Index||7.57||13.38||21.10||16.65||13.00||13.46||11.10||9.43|
|Lipper Mid Cap Growth Index||7.14||15.49||22.18||16.90||12.37||12.34||10.61||8.67|
|Morningstar Mid-Cap Growth Category||6.48||13.42||20.31||15.81||11.68||11.97||10.14||7.85|
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 9/30/18)|
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 9/30/18)|| |
|# of Holdings||63|
|Median Market Cap||$11.67 B|
|Weighted Average Market Cap||$18.58 B|
|3-Yr Annualized Turnover Ratio||45.13%|
|% of Holdings with Free Cash Flow||80.33%|
|% of Holdings with No Net Debt||34.43%|
Top 10 Holdings
|Name of Holding||Ticker||Sector||% of Net|
|Palo Alto Networks||PANW||Technology||2.11%|
|CoStar Group||CSGP||Real Estate||2.11%|
|TOP 10 HOLDINGS TOTAL||23.16%|
As of 9/30/18. 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 9/30/18. Market Cap percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding.
CAPITAL MARKET OVERVIEW
(As of 9/30/18) — U.S. economic strength and solid corporate earnings growth drove healthy equity returns in the 3rd quarter. The widely-followed S&P 500 Index had a total return of 7.71%, its best quarterly gain since 2013. In September, initial jobless claims fell to the lowest level since 1969, wages grew at the fastest rate since 2009, consumer confidence reached the highest level since 2000, and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) survey of small business optimism was at an all-time high (the survey dates back to 1974). Against this strong economic backdrop, the Federal Reserve raised the targeted federal funds rate by another 25 basis points to a range of 2.00% to 2.25%. Slowly rising interest rates led to flat bond returns.
The divergence between domestic and international equity market performance continued during the quarter, with the MSCI EAFE Index advancing just 1.35%. The Russell 3000 Index gained 7.12% in the 3rd quarter. By style, growth continued to outperform value, with the Russell 3000 Growth Index increasing 8.88% compared to the Russell 3000 Value Index’s advance of 5.39%. Large caps did better than small caps as the Russell 1000 Index returned 7.42%, the Russell Midcap Index returned 5.00%, and the Russell 2000 Index returned 3.58% in the quarter. Every economic sector was positive this quarter, with Health Care and Industrials the top performers, while Materials and Energy lagged the indexes.
(As of 9/30/18) — The Buffalo Mid Cap Fund returned 4.63% in the 3rd quarter, underperforming the Morningstar U.S. Mid Growth Index return of 7.86%. The fund’s relative underperformance was largely driven by stock selection in the Information Technology sector, where not owning Advanced Micro Devices and Square caused performance to trail the benchmark. Both stocks are large benchmark weights and were up 106% and 61% in the quarter, respectively. A large relative underweight in the retail industry was also a drag on performance as that area produced outsized gains for the benchmark.
Bio-Techne rallied during the period on strong organic sales growth, which drove earnings to exceed consensus expectations. The company benefited from new diagnostics and therapeutics being developed from information derived from the Human Genome Project. Further, the company provided guidance for its upcoming fiscal year that calls for sustained organic growth.
Ligand shares were higher in the quarter on strong results driven by outperformance of its royalty income driven by growing sales of two drugs at Novartis and Amgen. In addition, the company recognized a large milestone payment related to its OmniAb platform for antibody discovery during the quarter.
Summit Materials, a vertically-integrated construction materials company, reported a weak 2nd quarter, missing estimates and reducing guidance for the year. The stock continued to decline throughout the quarter, driven by wet weather in key markets, hurricanes, and reports of competitive cement pricing.
Portola Pharmaceuticals shares traded lower during the quarter on disappointing sales of its newly launched drug, Bevyxxa. The drug struggled to gain traction among hospitals, as price and gaining approval at individual hospitals were cited as causes for disappointing sales. Those hospital approvals are taking longer than originally planned as some hospitals only review drugs annually for addition, with the 4th quarter as the key time to get approval. It appears meaningful sales will be on hold until at least 2019.
(As of 9/30/18) — According to Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans, “the U.S. economy is firing from all cylinders.” Going forward, the market could experience some volatility as investors focus alternately on economic strength and the removal of monetary stimulus. While the economy remains supportive of corporate earnings growth, valuation multiples may not continue expanding in a rising interest rate environment. As always, we remain focused on investing in competitively-advantaged companies with strong long-term growth opportunities when they are trading at attractive valuations.
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 1 star among 542 for the three-year, 2 stars among 490 for the five-year, and 2 stars among 341 Mid-Cap Growth funds for the ten-year period ending 11/30/18.
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