WeWork shares sink to record low on reports bankruptcy filing imminent

WeWork shares sink to record low on reports bankruptcy filing imminent

WeWork shares plummeted nearly 50% to a new all-time low on Wednesday after reports emerged that the flexible workspace provider is considering filing for bankruptcy as early as next week. The New York-based company, which has been grappling with significant debt and substantial losses for several years, was once valued at $47 billion but now has a market capitalization of only around $121 million.

If WeWork does file for bankruptcy, it would be the latest setback for the SoftBank-backed firm since its failed IPO attempt in 2019, which raised doubts about its business model of leasing properties long-term and subletting them on a short-term basis. Despite eventually going public in 2021 at a much lower valuation than anticipated, WeWork has remained a financial burden for SoftBank, which has invested billions in propping up the startup that has never achieved profitability.

According to the Wall Street Journal, WeWork is considering filing a Chapter 11 petition in New Jersey. Additionally, the company announced on Tuesday that it would not make the interest payment due on its senior notes, even though it has the necessary funds to do so. WeWork had previously warned of the possibility of bankruptcy in August.

Jason Benowitz, a senior portfolio manager at CI Roosevelt Private Wealth in New York, commented on the situation, stating that even if WeWork manages to reach a short-term agreement with bondholders to avoid immediate bankruptcy, it will still need to restructure or write off many of its long-term office leases. He also noted that WeWork’s failure or restructuring could have a negative impact on the overall office market.

WeWork’s stock is currently trading at a historic low of $1.18, marking a 96% decline in value this year. This follows a series of record lows for the company’s stock.

In summary, WeWork’s shares have experienced a significant decline amid reports of a potential bankruptcy filing. The company’s struggles with debt and losses, as well as its failed IPO attempt, have contributed to its current financial predicament. WeWork’s decision to withhold interest payments and the possibility of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy further highlight the challenges it faces.

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