WeWork losses mount but sees 'seismic shift' in office leasing to its favor

By Herbert Lash NEW YORK (Reuters) - WeWork Companies LLC said on Thursday revenue declined and its cash burn increased in the third quarter, but management expressed confidence the shared-workplace provider can weather the hit to the global office sector from COVID-19.

Reuters November 13, 2020 05:05:18 IST
WeWork losses mount but sees 'seismic shift' in office leasing to its favor

WeWork losses mount but sees seismic shift in office leasing to its favor

By Herbert Lash

NEW YORK (Reuters) - WeWork Companies LLC said on Thursday revenue declined and its cash burn increased in the third quarter, but management expressed confidence the shared-workplace provider can weather the hit to the global office sector from COVID-19.

Quarterly revenue slid 8% from the second quarter to $811 million (£618 million), while the company posted negative free cash flow of $517 million, greater than $482 million of cash burn a quarter ago, WeWork said in a memo to employees seen by Reuters.

WeWork said member retention improved and renewal rates stabilized with the loss of desks in September at its lowest level since March when COVID-19 shut down businesses around the world and left office buildings vacant.

The pandemic has accelerated a "seismic shift" in the office sector that has put flexibility - an industry byword for the short-term leases the company embraces - and WeWork at the forefront, the memo signed by Chief Executive Sandeep Mathrani and Chief Financial Officer Ben Dunham said.

"This is our moment, and I know that together, we will continue to define the future of work," they said.

(Reporting by Herbert Lash; Editing by Sam Holmes)

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