WeWork bonds plummet the most on record after the company delays its IPO

adam neumann weworkAdam Neumann, chief executive officer of U.S. co-working firm WeWork, speaks during a signing ceremony in Shanghai, China April 12, 2018.Jackal Pan/Reuters

  • WeWork's delayed IPO effort sent its bonds tumbling Tuesday as the company's streak of bad news continues.
  • The shared-workspace company's $669 million of bonds expiring in 2025 fell as much as 7 cents Tuesday, hitting 95.8 cents. The drop was the biggest since the notes' April 2018 issuance.
  • WeWork said Monday it now expects to go public before the end of the year.
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WeWork's delayed IPO effort sent its bonds plummeting the most on record Tuesday as the company's streak of bad news continues.

The shared-workspace company's $669 million of 2025 bonds fell as much as 7 cents on the dollar to 95.8 cents Tuesday, according Bloomberg data. The drop was the biggest since the notes' April 2018 issuance.

"The We Co. is looking forward to our upcoming IPO, which we expect to be completed by the end of the year," the company said in a Monday statement.

Investors fear the company's postponed offering will endanger its ability to pay back its debt. The company needs to carry out an IPO before year's end if it wants to receive a $6 billion credit facility contingent on a successful IPO, Bloomberg reported.

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The IPO was set to be the second-biggest of 2019 after Uber's $8.1 billion listing in May. WeWork was originally valued at $47 billion following a private fundraising round in January, but trimmed its public valuation to between $10 billion and $12 billion, according to Reuters.

The lowered target arrived after experts questioned the company's profitability, market size, and position in the tech community.

WeWork was scheduled to begin its IPO roadshow as soon as this week.

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