WeWork targets Chapter 11 exit by May 31, secures $8 billion in rent reduction

WeWork stated on Tuesday it aimed to emerge from Chapter 11 chapter within the U.S. and Canada by Might 31 and had negotiated greater than $8 billion, or over 40%, discount in lease commitments from landlords.

The shared workplace house supplier, as soon as privately valued at $47 billion, filed for bankruptcy in November because it racked up losses on its long-term leases after demand for workplace house plunged throughout the pandemic and from a shift to hybrid working.

The SoftBank-backed firm’s post-bankruptcy marketing strategy is premised on a big discount in future lease prices from its landlords.

The corporate stated on Tuesday it had agreed to amend about 150 leases with higher financial phrases, reminiscent of diminished lease funds, and it’s within the technique of exiting one other 150 leases. The corporate will preserve 150 leases with out change, and it’s nonetheless negotiating with landlords for about 50 further areas.

WeWork filed for chapter in November after demand for workplace house plunged throughout the pandemic. REUTERS

WeWork’s lease negotiations will permit the corporate to exit from chapter as a leaner enterprise, prepared to offer workspaces that can profit each employers and landlords throughout a interval of uncertainty in business actual property markets, in keeping with WeWork’s world head of actual property, Peter Greenspan.

“The necessity for these kinds of companies and areas has solely elevated, so it’s a good time to undergo this course of with the landlords and rethink how we monetize this all this workplace house that was crammed with conventional, long-term leases,” Greenspan stated in an interview.

WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann has submitted a bid of more than $500 million to buy back the company.
WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann has submitted a bid of greater than $500 million to purchase again the corporate. REUTERS

WeWork didn’t exit any geographic markets when it scaled again its leases, as an alternative pulling again in some cities, like New York, the place the corporate grew too quick or experimented with different merchandise exterior of its core coworking house enterprise, Greenspan stated.

WeWork in November reached an settlement with greater than 90% of its bondholders to transform $3 billion of debt into fairness. SoftBank, which presently owns about 70% of the corporate, would retain an fairness stake beneath the proposed restructuring.

In the meantime, WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann has submitted a bid of more than $500 million to buy back the company, with the financing course of presently unclear. WeWork declined to touch upon Neumann’s particular bid, saying it receives and evaluations “expressions of curiosity from third events frequently.”

Below Neumann, WeWork quickly expanded to grow to be essentially the most helpful U.S. startup. However his pursuit for progress on the expense of revenue and revelations about his eccentric habits led to his ouster and derailed an preliminary public providing in 2019.

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