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WeWork on the brink of bankruptcy, say reports

The flexible workspace company WeWork is reportedly poised to file for bankruptcy next week amid a 96% stock plummet and the withholding of a US$6.4 million interest payment.

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Reports have emerged that WeWork, the company that revolutionized flexible workspaces, is facing imminent bankruptcy. Once valued at a staggering US$47 billion, the firm’s fortunes have nosedived, with a source indicating a potential Chapter 11 filing as early as next week.

The Wall Street Journal’s revelation sent WeWork’s shares into a tailspin, with a 30% drop in extended trading. This decline is not isolated; the company’s stock has seen a precipitous 96% fall over the course of this year.

Contemplating a bankruptcy filing in New Jersey, WeWork’s silence in response to media inquiries speaks volumes. The company’s financial woes have been compounded by its recent decision to withhold a US$6.4 million interest payment, a move that signals deep financial distress.

The turmoil traces back to 2019 when WeWork’s IPO collapsed under investor scrutiny over its unsustainable business model and mounting losses. The company’s public listing in 2021 did little to stabilize its finances.

WeWork’s main financier, SoftBank, has poured in billions, yet the startup’s fiscal health continues to deteriorate. The company’s doubt about its operational viability became public in August, and this year has seen a significant shake-up in its executive ranks.

With its inception in 2010, WeWork quickly became the face of modern entrepreneurial spaces in New York. Adam Neumann’s brainchild initially focused on small-scale clients but expanded rapidly.

Today, however, WeWork stands at a precarious juncture, potentially marking the end of an era for the once-celebrated workspace provider.

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this is just the biz version of shoebox apartments. overhyped and overpriced.

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