Singapore's sovereign fund invests $1 billion in Grifols's U.S. unit

The logo for Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC Pte Ltd, is seen on a building in Singapore July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

MADRID, June 30 (Reuters) - Singapore's wealth fund GIC agreed to invest around 1 billion dollars in Biomat, a U.S.-based plasma collection company owned by Grifols (GRLS.MC), thus becoming a strategic investor in the Spanish pharmaceutical company, Grifols said on Wednesday.

GIC will have a minority stake in Biomat USA, which has a network of 296 plasma collection centres in the United States through the acquisition of newly issued non-voting shares.

The company didn't disclose the stake GIC will taking in Biomat.

Barcelona-based Grifols will use proceedings to reduce debt, which at the end of March stood at 6.2 billion euros ($7.38 billion).

Grifols shares were up 1.5% in early trading, while benchmark Ibex-35 was down 0.7. The company is valued by the market at 13.5 billion euros.

($1 = 0.8403 euros)

Reporting by Emma Pinedo, editing by Inti Landauro

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