NEW YORK, March 11, 2022 – WeWork Inc. (NYSE: WE) (“WeWork”), a leading global ﬂexible space provider, today reported ﬁnancial results for its fourth quarter and ﬁscal year ending December 31, 2021.
- For ﬁscal year 2021, consolidated gross desk sales totaled 593,000, the equivalent of 35.6 million square feet.
- Total revenue for the fourth quarter 2021 was $718 million, an increase of $57 million quarter-over-quarter.
- Occupancy in the fourth quarter 2021 increased 6 points quarter-over-quarter to 66%, including sold but not yet occupied memberships.
Company Operating Results
- As of December 31, 2021, WeWork’s systemwide real estate portfolio consisted of 756 locations across 38 countries, supporting approximately 912,000 workstations and 590,000 physical memberships.
- As of December 31, 2021, WeWork’s consolidated real estate portfolio included 624 locations across 33 countries, supporting approximately 746,000 workstations and 469,000 physical memberships.
- Systemwide gross desk sales totaled 217,000 in the fourth quarter 2021, equating to 13.0 million square feet sold. Consolidated gross desk sales totaled 164,000 in the fourth quarter, equating to 9.9 million square feet sold. Consolidated new desk sales totaled 87,000 in the fourth quarter.
- Physical occupancy continued to trend upwards to 63% as of year-end 2021. Physical occupancy including signed but not yet occupied memberships was 66% as of year-end 2021, up from 60% at the end of the third quarter 2021.
- The average revenue per member (ARPM) for physical memberships was $484 in the fourth quarter, roughly ﬂat quarter-over-quarter as compared to the third quarter ARPM of $485.
- All Access memberships increased to 45,000 by the close of the fourth quarter, an increase of 41% quarter-over-quarter. These All Access memberships represent an incremental 6 percentage points in occupancy.
Company Consolidated Financial Results
- Fourth quarter 2021 revenue was $718 million, representing a 9% increase from $661 million in the third quarter and the second consecutive quarter of sequential revenue growth.
- Fourth quarter 2021 Operating Cash Flow was negative $373 million and Free Cash Flow was negative $467 million.
- Net Loss was $803 million in the fourth quarter 2021, a 5% improvement relative to the third quarter 2021. Net loss net of $103 million of interest and other (income) expense, restructuring costs of negative $48 million driven by net gains on lease terminations, impairment of $241 million driven by building exits and depreciation and amortization of $174 million, stock-based compensation of $48 million, and $2 million of other costs, resulted in Adjusted EBITDA of negative $283 million.
- Adjusted EBITDA was negative $283 million, a $73 million improvement from third quarter 2021 and a $189 million improvement relative to the fourth quarter 2020.
WeWork reported systemwide gross desk sales of 217,000 in the fourth quarter 2021, an equivalent of 13.0 million square feet sold, including 113,000 new desk sales. On a consolidated basis, gross desk sales were 164,000 in the fourth quarter 2021, which equates to approximately 9.9 million square feet sold, including 87,000 new desk sales. For the ﬁscal year 2021, consolidated gross desk sales totaled 593,000, an equivalent of 35.6 million square feet sold.
WeWork continued to represent a significant portion of traditional office leasing activity in 2021. WeWork represented approximately 0.5% of all commercial office space in the U.S., and sold the equivalent of 9% of total traditional office square feet leased across the country in 2021. At the market-level, WeWork’s 2021 gross sales in Manhattan were equivalent to 16% of the traditional office market leasing on a square-foot basis, while WeWork’s portfolio of 5 million square feet in Manhattan accounts for approximately 1% of total office stock. WeWork’s leasing activity represented 17% of Boston’s total square feet leased in the year, 13% of San Francisco total square feet leased, and 14% of Miami’s total square feet leased, despite representing 2% or less of the total office stock in each of those markets.
Across the Company’s European markets, WeWork represented approximately 0.5% of commercial office space, yet sold the equivalent of 8% of total square feet leased in 2021. WeWork’s gross sales in 2021 equated to 39% of London’s traditional office leasing, a market that is leading the shift to flex, 34% of Dublin’s leasing, 8% of Paris’ leasing and 6% of Berlin’s leasing.
WeWork saw sequential gains in occupancy throughout ﬁscal year 2021. As of December 2021, WeWork’s consolidated physical memberships increased to 469,000, a quarter-over-quarter increase of 9% and year-over-year increase of 21%. Physical occupancy rose to 63% in the fourth quarter 2021, a 7 percentage point increase from the third quarter 2021. Including the incremental 21,000 net memberships already contracted for move-in, physical occupancy including signed but not yet occupied memberships would increase to 66% as of year-end 2021.
All Access represented 45,000 memberships as of December 2021, an increase of 41% quarter-over-quarter. As of the fourth quarter, All Access ARPM was approximately $230 per month and WeWork Access achieved a run-rate revenue of approximately $120 million.
WeWork continues to develop and reﬁne WeWork Workplace, its workspace management software solution for enterprises and operators. For enterprises, the platform intends to enable a seamless and purposeful hybrid work experience by powering online booking, providing meaningful utilization analytics, and helping to optimize space across assets.
In December 2021, WeWork signed its ﬁrst WeWork Workplace enterprise deal with Organon, a global leader in women’s health, to action their boundaryless workplace strategy across locations in 34 cities that are a mix of WeWork locations, owned locations, and non-WeWork locations.
WeWork continues to identify business development opportunities that align with the company’s overall strategy for accretive and asset-light growth, with a focus on operators with a strong product and cultural ﬁt.
In line with that approach, WeWork announced the acquisition of Common Desk in January 2022. Common Desk, a Dallas-based coworking operator with 23 locations in Texas and North Carolina, operates a majority of its locations under asset-light management agreements with landlords that minimize the Company’s operational and capital expenses. The deal closed in March 2022.
In February 2022, WeWork announced a strategic investment in and partnership with Upﬂex, a platform that aggregates over 4,800 coworking locations around the world. Through the strategic investment, WeWork is able to increase the physical network of spaces available to Access members without added incremental capital investments. Additionally, WeWork will be the exclusive ﬂex workspace operator to sell Upﬂex inventory to its members, creating an opportunity for WeWork to service members across Upﬂex’s vast network of third-party spaces in markets where WeWork does not operate.
WeWork ended the year with $1,974 million in cash and unfunded cash commitments, including approximately $924 million of available cash on hand, $550 million available under our senior secured note facility, and an additional $500 million in letter of credit facility capacity.
WeWork expects to deliver between $3.8 and $4.0 billion systemwide revenue in 2022. On a consolidated basis, the company expects to deliver between $3.35 and $3.5 billion revenue in 2022, including between $740 and $760 million of revenue in Q1 and between $775 and $825 million of revenue in Q2. In Q3 and Q4, the Company expects to achieve revenue of between $900 million and $1 billion, which is the range the Company expects to become Adjusted EBITDA positive. The Company expects that its 2022 beginning cash and available liquidity balance of $1.974 billion, adjusted for the midpoint of the Company’s Adjusted EBITDA guidance of negative $450 million, $240 million of interest, and $200 million of net capex, will give the Company total liquidity of approximately $1.1 billion by the end of ﬁscal year 2022.
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 one of the leading global ﬂexible space providers committed to delivering technology-driven turnkey solutions, ﬂexible spaces, and community experiences. For more information about WeWork, please visit us at wework.com.
Certain statements made in this press release may be deemed “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. These forward looking statements generally are identiﬁed by the words “believe,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “strategy,” “future,” “opportunity,” “plan,” “pipeline,” “may,” “should,” “will,” “would,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will likely result,” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are predictions, projections and other statements about future events that are based on current expectations and assumptions and, as a result, are subject to risks and uncertainties. Although WeWork believes the expectations reﬂected in any forward-looking statement are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained, and it is possible that actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements due to a variety of risks, uncertainties and other factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to, WeWork’s ability to reﬁnance, extend, restructure or repay near and intermediate term debt; its indebtedness; its ability to raise capital through equity issuances, asset sales or the incurrence of new debt; retail and credit market conditions; impairments; its liquidity demand; changes in general economic conditions, including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; delays in customers and prospective customers returning to the ofﬁce and taking occupancy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the emergence of variants leading to a parallel delay in receiving the corresponding revenue; and WeWork’s inability to implement its business plan or meet or exceed its ﬁnancial projections. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. WeWork discusses these and other risks and uncertainties in its annual and quarterly periodic reports and other documents ﬁled with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. WeWork may update that discussion in its periodic reports, but otherwise takes no duty or obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release includes certain ﬁnancial measures not presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”), including Building Margin, Adjusted EBITDA 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”)
We also supplement our GAAP results by evaluating Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure. We define “Adjusted EBITDA” as net loss before income tax (benefit) provision, interest and other (income) expense, depreciation and amortization expense, 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 Quarterly Report for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, net of any insurance or other recoveries, significant non-ordinary course asset impairment charges and, to the extent applicable, any impact of discontinued operations, restructuring charges, and other gains and losses on operating assets.
Free Cash Flow
We also supplement our GAAP results by evaluating Free Cash Flow, a non-GAAP measure. Free Cash Flow is defined as cash flow from operating activities less cash purchases of property and equipment, each as presented in WeWork’s Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows 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.