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, that, at the time of purchase, have 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.
Chris Carter, Portfolio Manager
Overall Morningstar Rating™ of BUFMX based on risk-adjusted returns among 565 Mid-Cap Growth funds as of 4/30/20.
|As of 4/30/20||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||15 YR||Since Inception|
|BUFFALO MID CAP FUND - Investor||-6.22||-4.03||4.14||9.27||6.56||9.12||8.56||8.11|
|BUFFALO MID CAP FUND - Institutional||-6.21||-3.96||4.30||9.43||6.72||9.28||8.72||8.27|
|Morningstar U.S. Mid Growth Index||-5.14||-3.45||4.56||13.37||9.67||12.38||10.48||8.64|
|Lipper Mid Cap Growth Index||-8.87||-7.32||0.06||10.87||8.77||11.02||9.80||8.10|
|Morningstar Mid-Cap Growth Category||-9.93||-8.79||-2.08||8.97||7.51||10.65||9.09||7.09|
|As of 3/31/20||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||15 YR||Since Inception|
|BUFFALO MID CAP FUND - Investor||-15.40||-15.40||-2.89||5.55||3.90||8.01||7.37||7.40|
|BUFFALO MID CAP FUND - Institutional||-15.39||-15.39||-2.78||5.69||4.04||8.16||7.53||7.56|
|Morningstar U.S. Mid Growth Index||-17.00||-17.00||-6.73||8.52||6.22||11.10||9.02||7.79|
|Lipper Mid Cap Growth Index||-19.78||-19.78||-9.59||6.48||5.48||9.79||8.39||7.29|
|Morningstar Mid-Cap Growth Category||-20.64||-20.64||-11.17||4.66||4.33||9.46||7.72||6.32|
3 Year Risk Metrics
|BUFMX vs Morningstar U.S. Mid Growth Index (As of 3/31/20)|
Hypothetical Growth of $10,000
|(As of 3/31/20)|| |
|# of Holdings||67|
|Median Market Cap||$12.22 B|
|Weighted Average Market Cap||$18.26 B|
|3-Yr Annualized Turnover Ratio||46.45%|
|% of Holdings with Free Cash Flow||89.55%|
|% of Holdings with No Net Debt||28.36%|
Top 10 Holdings
|Name of Holding||Ticker||Sector||% of Net|
|CoStar Group||CSGP||Real Estate||3.00%|
|Palo Alto Networks||PANW||Technology||2.47%|
|CBRE Group||CBRE||Real Estate||2.45%|
|TOP 10 HOLDINGS TOTAL||25.61%|
CAPITAL MARKET OVERVIEW
(As of 3/31/20) — Global equity markets fell sharply in the 1st quarter of 2020 in reaction to the global spread of COVID-19. As the case count increased exponentially, the only effective response was for countries to go into lockdown. The economic impact of these actions became clear as the quarter progressed and virtually all asset classes suffered as a result. From February 19 through March 23, the U.S. stock market, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, declined around 34%, which was the fastest meltdown in history. Central banks and governments responded quickly to this event, with the U.S. Federal Reserve (the “Fed”) cutting interest rates twice in March and announcing unlimited quantitative easing. The U.S. Senate passed a $2 trillion stimulus package, providing assistance to individuals and businesses in distress. Optimism around these efforts helped the market rally into quarter end, leaving the S&P 500 Index down 19.60% from the start of the year.
The broad market Russell 3000 Index declined 20.90% in the 1st quarter. Growth outperformed value, with the Russell 3000 Growth Index declining 14.85% compared to the Russell 3000 Value Index decline of 27.32%. By capitalization size, large cap stocks held up best, with a -20.22% return in the quarter, represented by the Russell 1000 Index. The Russell Mid Cap Index fell -27.07%, followed by the smaller cap Russell 2000 Index which declined -30.61%. Best performing sectors were the Technology, Health Care, and Consumer Staples sectors. The Energy sector was hit hardest as falling demand and rising supply from Saudi Arabia caused oil prices to crater. The economically-sensitive Financial and Industrial sectors were also among the worst performing sectors in the quarter.
(As of 3/31/20) — The Buffalo Mid Cap Fund (BUFMX) returned -15.40% in the first quarter of 2020. While disappointing on an absolute basis, this compares favorably to the Morningstar U.S. Mid Growth Index’s return of -17.00%. Outperformance was driven by stock selection in the Industrial and Financial sectors, near zero exposure to the weak performing Energy sector, and a slightly elevated cash position. This was partially offset by poor stock selection in the Consumer Discretionary sector and underweight allocations to
the Health Care and Information Technology sectors.
The Fund’s largest holding, MSCI Inc., advanced slightly more than 12% in the quarter. Early in the period, the company reported strong results driven by rapid growth in their ESG franchise. Amongst the market turmoil later in the quarter, investors flocked to MSCI as they sought safety in the relative stability of their business model. We continue to hold a favorable view of MSCI’s long-term growth prospects.
Two top performers in the quarter were beneficiaries of trends that accelerated as a result of the COVID-19 virus, work from home and e-commerce. The first, Citrix Systems, provides solutions for securely accessing corporate computing from
remote locations by providing a VPN, or virtual private network. As shutdowns increased throughout March in response to COVID-19, the stock outperformed on the expectation that corporations would need to purchase more from Citrix to meet demand for an unprecedented number of employees working remotely.
Next, Chewy operates an e-commerce site for pet owners to purchase pet food, treats, medications, and other goods. The company noted an increase in new customers and an overall ramp up in business in March and April in response to COVID-19. Pet owners, like the rest of us, are stocking up on essentials and favoring convenient options, like Chewy, that deliver to our doorstep thus avoiding the need to leave home.
CBRE Group was the largest detractor in the quarter. Their transactional advisory business will likely experience steep declines this year driven by economic weakness. Investors have bad memories of how commercial real estate firms performed in the last recession. However, CBRE today has a much higher mix of recurring revenues and a cleaner balance sheet, and the company should perform well in an eventual recovery.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings was at the center of COVID-19 concerns. With the virus spreading on several cruise ships, the fallout could lead to lower cruise demand for several years. We were uncomfortable with the company’s financial and operating leverage and decided to exit the position.
LKQ traded lower in the quarter in response to mediocre earnings and the prospect of coronavirus driven weakness. Social distancing will lead to fewer miles driven in their core markets of the United States and Europe. With fewer miles driven, car repairs and maintenance will decline, further pressuring LKQ’s organic growth.
(As of 3/31/20) — The near-term outlook is extremely uncertain. We expect to see heightened volatility as investors assess the length and severity of the coronavirus pandemic and the economic fallout from social distancing policies. Consumer confidence is shaken, and
we expect the economy to struggle until a vaccine and/or drug treatment is widely available. The good news is that, given the number of businesses and governments working on this, a breakthrough could occur at any time.
In these turbulent times, we have not changed our investment philosophy or process. We are using the heightened volatility to look for new opportunities. Portfolio turnover has ticked up over the last couple of months, but we continue to take a long-term view when making new investments. We are also increasing our efforts to stress test the balance sheets and business models of portfolio holdings and prospective investments to make sure they can survive the current economic downturn. We will continue to invest in businesses with durable competitive advantages and superior growth
outlooks, when they are selling at attractive valuations. We believe that a portfolio of these companies will continue to offer attractive risk-adjusted returns. Thank you for
your continued support.
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Top-Down & Bottom-Up
We identify Top-Down broad, secular growth trends and search for companies from the Bottom-Up.
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