Goldman Sachs will lead Phase II of SoftBank’s WeWork rescue plan

Beleaguered co-working firm previously worked with JPMorgan Chase

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Dec.December 09, 2019 05:00 PM
Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son and Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon (Credit: Getty Images)
Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son and Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon (Credit: Getty Images)

WeWork’s got a new bank and a new line of credit.

Goldman Sachs arranged a $1.75 billion line of credit for SoftBank Group with WeWork listed as a co-borrower, according to Bloomberg. The credit line is part of a larger bailout package SoftBank has committed to securing.

WeWork was listed as a co-borrower in a bid to attract other lenders willing to front lines of credit to the beleaguered co-working company, which is desperate for cash after its failed initial public offering, Bloomberg reported.

The new credit line replaces the company’s previous $1.1 billion facility and will reportedly free up additional cash previously being used as collateral. To complete SoftBank’s plan for $5 billion in debt financing for WeWork, a further $3.3 billion is needed. According to Bloomberg, Goldman is canvassing other banks in a bid to secure the rest of the plan by the end of the year.

Following WeWork’s botched IPO in September, co-founder Adam Neumann was ousted from his role as CEO and SoftBank assumed a controlling stake in the company.

To prevent the co-working firm’s bankruptcy, SoftBank ironed out a $9.5 billion rescue package with a $5 billion debt facility, a $1.5 billion commitment and a $3 billion stock tender offer.

SoftBank had delayed paying out the $3 billion offer, prompting WeWork’s junk bond price to sink and its risk premium to skyrocket.

Prior to Goldman Sachs leading its search for financing, WeWork largely relied on advice from JPMorgan Chase, which has had to defend its role in the failed IPO and the suspect corporate governance. JPMorgan’s CEO Jamie Dimon last month said he and the bank have “learned lessons” following the WeWork implosion. [Bloomberg] — Erin Hudson


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