WeWork Had Money to Spend. Now, Several of Its Businesses Are on the Chopping Block: Term Sheet
WeWork is putting several companies on the chopping block.
Following weeks of turmoil, the co-working behemoth needs to cut costs. As we noted yesterday, WeWork had $2.5 billion in cash as of June 30. At the current rate of cash burn — about $700 million a quarter — it would run out of money some time after the first quarter of 2020, according to The Wall Street Journal. There are reports of mass layoffs, the sale of the company jet, and the offloading of some businesses that WeWork had previously acquired.
Over the years, WeWork has gobbled up a number of complementary startups including Managed by Q, an on-demand office services company, Conductor, a content marketing site, and Meetup, an online social networking platform. There are reports that all three could be sold off, in addition to more recent ones like SpaceIQ and Teem.
Now, Bloomberg also reports there’s one more company at risk: the Wing, a female-focused co-working startup.
WeWork owns about 23% of the Wing, which it valued at $58.8 million as of June 2019, according to its IPO prospectus. The Wing is currently valued at close to $400 million, according to a source familiar with the deal. WeWork swooped in to lead The Wing’s $32 million Series B funding round in 2017.
At the time, I asked if the startup could be an acquisition target. WeWork’s then-COO Jen Berrent said, “We’re not doing this lightly. We are doing this to produce a long-term footprint, but at the same time, we’re not saying this has to end in an acquisition in order for it to be successful.” The Wing went on to raise an additional $75 million in funding in December.
I have to wonder how WeWork decides which assets to divest. Remember when WeWork poured $13.8 million into WaveGarden, a startup that creates artificial waves up to 8 feet high for surfing at giant water facilities, in 2017? Is that one safe? Although no one was quite sure why this purchase occurred, one thing was for sure: WeWork had big money to spend.
How quickly the tide can turn.
PS: In the midst of its cost-cutting efforts, the We Company is still throwing a party in London.
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