A pedestrian walks past a closed entrance to the WeWork co-working office space on Eastcheap in London, UK, October 7 2019. Picture: BLOOMBERG/BRYN COLTON.
A pedestrian walks past a closed entrance to the WeWork co-working office space on Eastcheap in London, UK, October 7 2019. Picture: BLOOMBERG/BRYN COLTON.

New York — WeWork needs new financing before the end of November to avoid running out of money, two people familiar with the matter said.

The office-sharing company is trying to reach terms on a financing package to ease the cash crunch, including one that’s contingent on an equity injection, most likely by SoftBank, one of the people said, asking not to be identified discussing private talks. One of the people said a deal was expected in the next two to three weeks.

Analysts had previously estimated that the company would run out of money by the middle of 2020. WeWork parent We Co had been counting on an initial public offering — and a $6bn loan contingent on a successful IPO — to meet its cash needs, but that plan unravelled amid questions about its future profitability. The company’s new co-CEO officers have been moving to slash costs and spin off businesses in an effort to slow its cash bleed.

The company’s bond prices climbed from record lows amid reports of the financing talks. Its senior unsecured notes due 2025 were up 1.125c on the dollar to about 83.5 on Friday at 9.40am in New York, after dropping to as low as 81.25c on Thursday, according to Trace bond trading data.

WeWork’s bonds, which traded above par less than a month ago, have plunged to distressed levels during the past month, dropping more than 20c on the dollar amid mounting concerns about the company’s cash situation. Fitch Ratings and S&P Global Ratings have cut WeWork’s credit grade further into junk on liquidity issues.

JPMorgan Chase is leading the financing talks, and is considering making a large contribution, the Financial Times reported earlier Friday, citing people briefed on the matter.

A WeWork representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

With Katherine Doherty

Bloomberg