Barcelona - Grifols (MCE: GRF, MCE: GRF.P, NASDAQ: GRFS), a global healthcare company and one of world's leading producers of plasma-derived medicines, today announced the closing of its transaction with the South Korean firm, GC Pharma (Group) to acquire a plasma fractionation plant, an immunoglobulin and an albumin purification plants in Montreal (Canada) for US$370 million, and, in a separate transaction, 11 plasma collection centers in the United States property of Green Cross for US$90 million.
This acquisition aligns with Grifols' international sustainable growth strategy, whose core objectives include increasing the company's supply of plasma and reinforcing its global expansion.
This strategic acquisition will strengthen Grifols' presence in Canada, building on a legacy of partnership in Canada's blood system. For more than three decades, Grifols has been a fractionator of Canadian plasma under contract manufacturing services, providing trusted plasma-derived medicines for Canadian patients and their healthcare providers.
As Víctor Grífols Deu, co-CEO of Grifols, notes, "This deal reflects our long-term vision and strategy of sustainable growth, and wholly aligns with our commitment to continue helping countries reach self-sufficiency of life-sustaining plasma-derived medicines, which are critical for patients who need them."
The transaction will also contribute to Grifols' international expansion by strengthening its presence in North America, since Canada is a market with one of the highest rates of plasma consumption per capita in the world and one with significant growth potential.
According to Raimon Grífols Roura, co-CEO of Grifols, "The addition of 11 U.S.-based plasma centers will reinforce our leadership and competitive advantages provided by our plasma-center network. By increasing our plasma collection and fractionation capacity, we are able to continue ensuring that patients worldwide have safe and secure access to these life-saving plasma-derived medicines."
In recent years, Grifols has forged a solid network of 300 plasma centers across the U.S. and Germany in order to diversify and expand its access to plasma. Grifols will continue its efforts to broaden this network through a combination of organic and inorganic growth, while working to attain greater operational efficiencies.
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