NEW YORK, May 9, 2023 – WeWork Inc. (NYSE: WE) (“WeWork”), the leading global flexible space provider, disclosed financial results today for the three months ended March 31, 2023. First quarter and other recent highlights include:
- The Company’s Free Cash Flow during the first quarter 2023 of $(343) million was $18 million better than its projection of $(361) million made in connection with its Debt Restructuring Transaction.
- The Company completed its previously announced debt restructuring that resulted in new funding and new and rolled capital commitments of over $1 billion, reduced total debt and annual cash-basis interest expense by approximately $1.2 billion and $90 million, respectively.
- Consolidated revenue for the first quarter was $849 million, an increase of 11% year-over-year.
- Net loss was $(299) million, a $205 million improvement year-over-year. Net loss attributable to WeWork Inc. was $(264) million, a $171 million improvement year-over-year.
- Adjusted EBITDA was $(29) million, a $183 million improvement year-over-year; Adjusted EBITDA attributable to WeWork Inc. was $(17) million, a $169 million improvement year-over-year.
- All Access consolidated memberships grew to approximately 75,000 in the first quarter, an increase of 36% year-over-year.
- Consolidated physical occupancy was 73% at the end of the first quarter 2023, an increase from 67% at the end of the first quarter 2022.
“Over the past quarter we’ve continued to improve the fundamentals of our business while working to meet the needs of current and future members who seek turnkey, cost-efficient solutions for their office needs,” said Sandeep Mathrani, CEO and Chairman of WeWork. “The slight decline in memberships was a function of known enterprise client churn, the closure of some of our locations and the franchising of our South Africa business. April saw a reversal in enterprise demand resulting in USC’s first positive net sales month in twelve months.”
“Critically, following our debt restructuring, we now have a strengthened balance sheet and liquidity position that gives us the runway to deliver against our plan,” continued Mathrani. “Our debt restructuring was backed by a large majority of bondholders and investors, demonstrating their conviction in the WeWork business model and our future.”
- As of March 31, 2023, WeWork’s systemwide real estate portfolio consisted of 781 locations across 39 countries, supporting approximately 904,000 workstations and 664,000 physical memberships, equating to 73% physical occupancy, and an increase in physical memberships of 6% year-over-year.
- Systemwide gross workstation sales totaled 177,000 in the first quarter, or the equivalent of 10.6 million square feet sold(2). Systemwide new workstation sales were 66,000 in the first quarter or the equivalent of 4.0 million square feet sold(2).
- As of March 31, 2023, WeWork’s consolidated real estate portfolio consisted of 617 locations across 33 countries, which supported approximately 720,000 workstations and 527,000 physical memberships, equating to physical occupancy of 73%, and an increase in physical memberships of 5% year-over-year.
- On a consolidated basis, gross workstation sales totaled 137,000 in the first quarter of 2023, which equates to approximately 8.2 million square feet sold(2). Consolidated new workstation sales were 51,000 in the first quarter, or the equivalent of 3.0 million square feet sold(2).
- Average revenue per physical member (“ARPM”) was $490 in the first quarter of 2023, an increase of 1% from the first quarter 2022.
All Access consolidated memberships grew to approximately 75,000 in the first quarter, an increase of 36% year-over-year.
As of the end of the first quarter 2023, over 370 companies have signed onto WeWork Workplace, comprising over 63,000 licenses sold.
The Company expects its second quarter 2023 revenue to be $840 million to $865 million and Adjusted EBITDA to be $(10 million) to $15 million. The Company expects its available cash and cash equivalents at the end of the second quarter to be consistent with or slightly better than projections provided with its Debt Restructuring Transaction.
Earnings Conference Call:
WeWork management will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 a.m. ET on May 9, 2023. Please visit the Investors section of the Company’s website at www.investors.wework.com for event information or access the registration link directly at https://conferencingportals.com/event/IfkkuOiF.
Source: We Work
Category: Investor Relations, Earnings
WeWork Inc. (NYSE: WE) was founded in 2010 with the vision to create environments where people and companies come together and do their best work. Since then, we’ve become the leading global flexible space provider committed to delivering technology-driven turnkey solutions, flexible spaces, and community experiences. For more information about WeWork, please visit us at wework.com.
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Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Performance Indicators
This press release includes certain financial measures not presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”): Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA attributable to WeWork Inc. and Free Cash Flow (including on a forward-looking basis). These financial measures are not measures of financial performance in accordance with GAAP and may exclude items that are significant in understanding and assessing our financial results. Therefore, these measures should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net loss or other measures of profitability, liquidity or performance under GAAP. You should be aware that WeWork’s presentation of these measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies, which may be defined and calculated differently. WeWork believes that these non-GAAP measures of financial results (including on a forward-looking basis) provide useful supplemental information to investors about WeWork. WeWork’s management uses forward-looking non-GAAP measures to evaluate WeWork’s projected financials and operating performance. Additionally, to the extent that forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures are provided, they are presented on a non-GAAP basis without reconciliations of such forward-looking non-GAAP measures due to the inherent difficulty in forecasting and quantifying certain amounts that are necessary for such reconciliations.
Non-GAAP Financial Definitions
Adjusted Earnings Before Interest Expense, Income Tax, Depreciation, and Amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”) and Adjusted EBITDA attributable to WeWork Inc.
We supplement our GAAP results by evaluating Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA attributable to WeWork Inc., each a non-GAAP measure. We define “Adjusted EBITDA” as net loss before income tax (benefit) provision, interest and other (income) expense, net depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, expense related to stock-based payments for services rendered by consultants, income or expense relating to the changes in fair value of assets and liabilities remeasured to fair value on a recurring basis, expense related to costs associated with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and capital raising activities, legal, tax and regulatory reserves or settlements, significant legal costs incurred by WeWork in connection with regulatory investigations and litigation regarding WeWork’s 2019 withdrawn initial public offering and the related execution of the SoftBank Transactions, as defined in Note 1 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in our Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2022, net of any insurance or other recoveries, significant non-ordinary course asset impairment charges and restructuring and other related (gains)/costs. Adjusted EBITDA attributable to WeWork Inc. includes the Company’s share of Adjusted EBITDA from consolidated joint ventures and investments accounted for under the equity method, as applicable.
Free Cash Flow
We also supplement our GAAP results by evaluating Free Cash Flow, a non-GAAP measure. Free Cash Flow is defined as net cash provided by (used in) operating activities less purchases of property, equipment and capitalized software, each as presented in the Company’s consolidated statements of cash flows and calculated in accordance with GAAP. Free Cash Flow is both a performance measure and a liquidity measure that we believe provides useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated by or used in the business. Free Cash Flow is also a key metric used internally by our management to develop internal budgets, forecasts, and performance targets.
Preliminary Financial Information
We report our financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. All projected financial information and metrics in this press release are preliminary. These estimates are not a comprehensive statement of our financial position and results of operations. There is no assurance that we will achieve our forecasted results within the relevant period or otherwise.
(2) Square feet sold calculated by multiplying gross workstation sales by 60 square feet per workstation.