MADRID May 15 Singapore's sovereign wealth fund
GIC bought a 6.5 percent stake in Spanish industrial testing
firm Applus when it went public earlier this month,
according to a regulatory filing, as the country's economic
turnaround draws more foreign investors.
Government Of Singapore Investment Corporation PTE LT, also
known as GIC, bought the shares, worth about 127 million euros
at current market prices, the filing showed.
Applus raised about 1.1 billion euros ($1.51 billion) - 300
million euros of which were new shares - as Spain's market for
initial public offerings (IPOs) reawakens after a three-year
drought in the economic slump and banking crisis.
Travel firm Edreams Odigeo was the first company
to go public this year, while two real estate investment
vehicles raised money through flotations, attracting funds from
prominent investors such as U.S. billionaires George Soros and
International investors' rising interest in Spanish
companies, as the economy returns to growth, may encourage
others to go to market this year, bankers say.
Just over half the shares sold in the Applus IPO went to
British investors, the company's chief executive Fernando Basabe
said at the time of the listing, while 11 percent was placed
with U.S. investors and other 10 percent went to Asia. The rest
was distributed across Europe.
Shares in Applus were down 0.3 percent to 15.5 euros at 1410
GMT, after rising earlier in the day. They were up nearly 7
percent from the 14.50 euros the stock was priced at on May 9.
U.S private equity firm Carlyle reduced its holding
in Applus, which also offers inspection services, to 35 percent,
and about 58 percent the Spanish firm's capital was placed
through the offering.
($1 = 0.7294 Euros)
(Reporting by Tomas Cobos, Writing by Sarah White, editing by