Tuesday, August 8, 2023

"WeWork raises going-concern doubt, shares tank" (WE)

Have I ever mentioned our love affair with WeWork?

From Reuters via MSN, August 8:

WeWork Inc on Tuesday raised "substantial" doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern and said three board members had stepped down, sending its shares down 27% in extended trading.

The workspace provider also issued a warning that its management needed to raise additional capital to keep the company afloat and maintain liquidity over the next 12 months.

The company had previously said its actions to restructure debt and operations had eased worries over its ability to continue as a going concern....


Last after hours print, 50 shares at 16¢ off 6.2¢ (-27.93%) from the regular trading session close.

In answer to the query: Why yes, yes I have.

December 18, 2022
Remember WeWork? (WE)
It became We, then Wheee, now Wee.

Tim Knight at Slope of Hope remembers (December 16):

Rebekah, Why the Long Face?


Rebekah is Rebekah Paltrow Neuman who along with hubby Adam walked away from WeWork with a billion+ dollars. Don't cry for her.

This magical ride brought to you by a flashback triggered by the post immediately below, ""What Comes Next for the Most Empty Downtown in America"" which reminded me of: 

As Unicorns Show Signs of Overvaluation, A Warning On San Francisco Real Estate Investment Trusts (HPP; KRC)
We had done some work internally on the topic about six months ago, I'll see if I can find it and how much can be posted.

Whoa: Silicon Valley's Santa Clara County Falls From Ranks Of Hottest Job Markets
It might be time to dust off that list of San Francisco office REITS. And try to find a way to short WeWork.*

We didn't pursue the REIT shorts, if you short the common you have to pay the dividends and if you use options you have to overcome the time decay, HPP and KRC are down 40% and 75% since we mentioned them though that's a tough way to earn a living.

But WeWork? We love WeWork. Are probably in a dysfunctional relationship with WeWork.

The post that proves I am addicted:
January 14, 2019
Programming Note: Climateer Investing Is Dropping Coverage of the Company Formerly Known as WeWork
It was fun back in 2014 when headlines like WeWork Worth $5Bil., Weally were fresh and new.

And in 2015 it offered an intellectual exercise: How To Convince Investors Your Startup Is Worth $10 Billion: "There has got to be a way to short this". And: $16 Billion Valuation WeWork Cut Forecasts as CEO Asked Employees to Change ‘Spending Culture’:
"It has been a long cherished dream to figure out a way to bet against this one, links below....

Climateer Investing even took "WeWork: 'Our valuation and size today are much more based on our energy and spirituality than it is on a multiple of revenue.'" at face value:

Roger that, energy and spirituality. Over....
C.I. did not disclose our response to WeWork's mandatory veganism: strategically located bar-b-que food trucks equipped with giant fans to waft the aroma at WeWork properties.

Even when our go-to WeWork journalist left FT Alphaville we soldiered on: 
"WeWork is getting a lot bigger, but so are its losses"
With Alexandra Scaggs leaving FT Alphaville for Barron's* it appears there is an ecological niche that needs to be filled—WeWork.... [Alexandra came back, WeWork won't]
But this latest is too much.

From StreetInsider, January 8:

WeWork to rebrand to The We Company and announce a major corporate and strategic shift - Fast Company.
WeWork to rebrand to The We Company and announce a major corporate and strategic shift - Fast Company. (LINK)
"The new structure is part of Neumann’s heady ambition to push the company’s market and opportunity beyond commercial real estate. Rather than just renting desks, the company aims to encompass all aspects of people’s lives, in both physical and digital worlds, he says."
The CEO also talked about the disappointing SoftBank round.
And TechCrunch::
WeWork rebranding won’t work
The company formerly known as WeWork has rebranded as the We Company — although a better name for its network of on-demand office spaces for the newly incorporated and nominally employed, co-living spaces for the same easyJet-set and educational and coding services could be “House of Cards.”...
They should have gone with "WeWork wēbwanding won't work" for the Elmer Fudd alliteration.

When it comes public get your shortin' shoes on.
And when the stock cracks we might relent and resume coverage of The Wee Co.

Here's our parting gift, 2017's "The story of WeWork’s mysterious first investor".