Small Cap Fund
April 14, 1998
Total Fund Assets
$536.14 Million (3/31/18)
Russell 2000 Growth
Overall Morningstar™ rating out of 601 Small Growth funds as of 4/30/18 (derived from a weighted average of the fund’s three-, five-, and ten-year risk adjusted return measure).
The Morningstar Style Box™ reveals a fund’s investment strategy by showing its investment style and market capitalization based on the fund’s portfolio holdings.
Risk vs Category
The Morningstar™ Risk vs Category rating is an assessment of the variations in a fund’s monthly returns, with an emphasis on downside variations, in comparison to the 601 funds in the Small Growth category, as of 4/30/18.
SMALL CAP FUND NEWS
Jamie Cuellar, co-portfolio manager, discusses his team’s analysis of small-cap company valuations and provides several examples of companies that highlight his team’s investment strategy at work.
During this webcast, we covered:
• How innovative companies can lead to above average growth
• Key objectives of the Fund and their impact on current performance
• Our proprietary portfolio management process
• Fund performance YTD
During this webcast, we covered:
• Our proprietary portfolio management process
• Personnel changes made in 2015 and the people managing the Fund
• Key objectives over the last few years and their impact on current performance
• Fund performance YTD
• Fund outlook for the 2nd half of 2017 & beyond
An actively managed portfolio of smaller capitalization, rapidly-growing companies that can benefit from positive, long-term trends remains an excellent way to exploit an inefficient market.
~ Jamie Cuellar, Portfolio Manager
The investment objective of the Buffalo Small Cap Fund is long-term growth of capital. The Small Cap Fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets in equity securities, consisting of domestic common stocks and preferred stocks, of small capitalization (“small-cap”) companies — companies, at the time of purchase, with market capitalizations within the range of the Russell 2000 Growth Index.
The Fund managers seek to identify companies for the Small 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.
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|As of 4/30/18||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||15 YR||Since Inception|
|Buffalo Small Cap Fund||0.99||4.02||15.65||9.65||10.29||9.68||11.43||11.59|
|Russell 2000 Growth Index||-1.44||2.40||16.60||9.89||13.07||10.41||11.37||6.21|
|Lipper Small Cap Growth Fund Index||-0.34||4.37||20.34||10.44||12.55||9.43||10.33||6.90|
|Morningstar Small Growth||-1.05||2.66||16.44||9.71||12.14||9.73||10.93||7.30|
|As of 3/31/18||3 MO||YTD||1 YR||3 YR||5 YR||10 YR||15 YR||Since Inception|
|Buffalo Small Cap Fund||2.32||2.32||17.65||8.30||10.11||10.43||12.17||11.55|
|Russell 2000 Growth Index||2.30||2.30||18.63||8.77||12.90||10.95||12.04||6.23|
|Lipper Small Cap Growth Fund Index||4.15||4.15||22.00||9.54||12.33||10.02||10.90||6.92|
|Morningstar Small Growth||2.28||2.28||18.07||8.77||11.88||10.28||11.51||7.31|
|Year||Buffalo Small Cap Fund||Russell 2000 Growth Index||Morningstar Small Growth Category|
|vs Russell 2000 Growth Index|
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.
Growth of $10k
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.
|# of Holdings||76|
|Median Market Cap||$2.25 B|
|Weighted Average Market Cap||$2.99 B|
|3-Yr Annualized Turnover Ratio||44.92%|
|% of Holdings with Free Cash Flow||66.67%|
|% of Holdings with No Net Debt||46.67%|
|Name of Holding||Ticker||Sector||% of Net Assets|
|Monolithic Power Systems||MPWR||Technology||1.98%|
|TOP 10 HOLDINGS TOTAL||19.90%|
As of 12/31/17. Top 10 Holdings for the quarter are not disclosed until 60 days after quarter end. Those listed are for the previous quarter. Fund holdings are subject to change and are not recommendations to buy or sell any securities.
Buffalo publishes this listing of securities held as of the most recent calendar-quarter end, with a 30 or 60 day lag depending on the portfolio. Buffalo may exclude any portion of holdings from publication when deemed in the best interest of the portfolio.
The portfolio data and its presentation here may differ from the complete schedules of investments in regulatory filings due to differing accounting and reporting requirements.
As of 3/31/18. 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 3/31/18. Market Cap percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding.
Commentary for Q1 2018 (As of 3/31/18)
CAPITAL MARKET OVERVIEW
(As of 3/31/18) — The long streak of low volatility and positive stock market returns ended in the 1st quarter of 2018. Strong gains in January were erased in February and March, leaving the S&P 500 Index down 0.76% for the quarter. Volatility as measured by the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX) was up about 80% in the 1st quarter after falling for the last three years. Investor worries about increasing interest rates, possible trade wars, and threatened government action against large technology companies, offset generally strong economic data and corporate earnings growth.
The Russell 3000 Index declined 0.64% in the quarter, and, broadly speaking, small cap companies outperformed large cap companies during the period. The Russell Microcap Index advanced 0.68% and the Russell 2000 Index finished the period nearly flat, edging down just 0.08%. Moving up the market cap spectrum, performance worsened – the Russell Mid Cap Index was down 0.46% and the larger cap Russell 1000 Index declined 0.69%. Growth outperformed value by a wide margin during the quarter as the Russell 3000 Growth Index advanced 1.48% compared to a decline of 2.82% for the Russell 3000 Value Index. Technology and Consumer Discretionary were the best performing sectors, while Consumer Staples and Energy were the worst performing.
(As of 3/31/18) — The Buffalo Small Cap Fund gained 2.32% in the 1st quarter, a result that was in-line with the Russell 2000 Growth Index return of 2.30%. The Index’s return was driven mainly by Technology which gained over 10% and drove 220 basis points (bps) of the benchmark’s 230 bps total return. Healthcare and Financials also advanced for the Index while most other sectors were down during the period.
The Fund managed to outperform in Technology and Telecom mainly due to solid returns from SaaS (Software as a Service) and UCaaS (Unified Communications as a Service) companies such as Twilio, Zendesk, Hubspot, and 8×8. Financials also performed very well on a relative basis while Healthcare and Industrials were the largest detractors from performance. Stock selection was beneficial to returns while sector allocation was slightly negative.
Twilio was the largest contributor to performance gaining just over 60% for the quarter. The stock was somewhat controversial last year due to declining sales from a large customer in Uber as well as declining gross margins. Twilio posted a solid month in February, showing extremely high rates of revenue growth of greater than 60% outside of Uber, while gross margins were stable, which led to the stock’s significant advance. Despite the move, the stock remains a relative value among high growth software companies, in our opinion, and growth should reaccelerate as the company anniversaries the declines in Uber revenue in the second half of the year.
Zendesk was also a solid contributor to return. The company continued to execute at a high level, with increased sales to larger accounts and continued growth in new products, while beating street estimates for revenue and billings growth. Salesforce.com’s announced acquisition of Mulesoft at a premium multiple also drove additional investor interest into SaaS companies, which helped boost shares of both Zendesk and Twilio.
Wageworks was the largest detractor to performance for the quarter. Shares were weak as the company announced that they would not file their 2017 annual report on a timely basis and would have to restate revenues in 2016 and 2017 due to incorrect accounting for a government contract in 2016. We believe the restatement is fairly small and the company will take the appropriate steps to improve internal controls and make management changes to restore investor confidence.
(As of 3/31/18) — We believe the environment for small capitalization companies in the U.S. remains positive due to lower tax rates, reduced regulation, increased merger and acquisition activity, and good global economic growth. However, we also believe that market volatility could remain heightened throughout the year due to the increased risk of a trade war with China, uncertainty around the approaching mid-term elections, the potential for increased regulation of large technology companies, and increased investor wariness of market valuations in the midst of the elongated bull market cycle.
As always, we continue to look for ways to upgrade the portfolio and have, in fact, reduced the weightings of some of our technology holdings where we believe the upside potential is limited. We will continue to look for ways to take advantage of the volatility to improve potential performance while still maintaining our long-term focus and discipline.
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. Fund holdings and sector allocations are subject to change and are not recommendations to buy or sell any security. Earnings growth is not representative of the fund’s future performance. Diversification does not assure a profit, nor does it protect against a loss in a declining market.
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The Buffalo Small Cap Fund received 3 stars among 601 for the three-year, 2 stars among 533 for the five-year, and 3 stars among 408 Small Growth funds for the ten-year period ending 4/30/18.
In each Morningstar Category, the 10% of funds with the lowest measured risk are described as Low Risk, the next 22.5% Below Average, the middle 35% Average, the next 22.5% Above Average, and the top 10% High. Morningstar Risk is measured for up to three time periods (three, five, and 10 years). These separate measures are then weighted and averaged to produce an overall measure for the fund. Funds with less than three years of performance history are not rated.
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