Emerging Opportunities Fund


Overall Morningstar™ rating out of 627
Small Growth funds as of 2-28-2014 (derived from a weighted average of the fund's three-, five-, and ten-year risk adjusted return measure, if applicable).

Characteristics

  • Market cap less than $1 billion at time of purchase
  • Seeks early-stage growth companies
  • Not benchmark-driven
  • Purchase stocks when negatively affected by short-term events and/or underappreciated

Strategy

This Fund employs the same strategy as other Buffalo growth equity funds, based on the identification of long-term, measurable secular growth trends (e.g., demographics, global market growth, increasing bandwidth). The Fund's managers identify companies that they believe should benefit from these trends, which we feel may have potential revenue growth in excess of GDP. Companies are screened using in-depth, in-house research to identify those which we feel are attractively valued, demonstrate strong management, have little or no debt, free cash flow, scalable business models, and competitive advantage. Our buy/sell discipline is based on valuation targets derived using our proprietary scoring methodology.

Investment Team

John Bichelmeyer  

John Bichelmeyer, CFA

Portfolio Manager


  • Investment professional since 1997
  • Joined KCM in 2005
  • Prior experience - Trilogy Global Advisors (formerly BPI Global Asset Management)
  • B.S. - Creighton University
Craig Richard  

Craig Richard, CFA

Portfolio Manager


  • Investment professional since 2002
  • Joined KCM in 2008
  • Prior experience - A.G. Edwards, Stifel Nicolaus
  • B.S. - Kansas State University
  • M.B.A. - University of Kansas

 

For each fund with at least a three-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating™ (based on a Morningstar Risk Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a fund’s monthly performance, including the effects of sales charges, loads, and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of funds in each category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. (Each share class is counted as a fraction of one fund within this scale and rated separately, which may cause slight variations in the distribution percentages.) The Buffalo Emerging Opportunities Fund received 5 stars among 627 for the three-year, and 5 stars among 555 Small Growth funds for the five-year period ending 2/28/2014.

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