WeWork gets up to $8 billion new capital injection from SoftBank, and now the Japanese investor is on the path to own 80% of the company. This simply settles what everyone has been saying: WeWork (yes, We Company) is not a technology company. Simply, WeWork does not see improved marginal cost with scale, and when that happens, growth does not necessarily become leverageable. If growth is not leverageable, scalable advantage stalls, and the company cannot claim to be (overly) in the technology species. Sure, there are uncommon cases when one can achieve that type of growth, but count real estate out!
The We Company and SoftBank Group have agreed to a new capital infusion, which will see SoftBank committing $5 billion in new financing and issuing a tender offer for another $3 billion in buybacks for shareholders.
After the closing and the tender offer, SoftBank will own approximately 80% of The We Company, according to a statement. However, it will not hold a majority of voting rights, thanks to WeWork’s convoluted ownership structure.