WeWork could cut its valuation in half to about $20 billion — and it might delay its IPO (WE)

WeWork's parent company the We Company is eyeing a valuation of around $20 billion in its initial public offering, according to reports from Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal— a dramatic drop in value of around 50% compared to its most recent valuation.

The company could also delay its IPO to 2020, according to The Journal.

The Journal's report pegs the possible valuation at around $20 billion, while Bloomberg says the firm is considering a valuation between $20 billion and $30 billion in its IPO. The Journal, however, reports that the valuation could land closer to the low-end range in the $20 billions. That would amount to roughly half of the company's most recent valuation, which Pitchbook lists as $47 billion.

A representative for The We Company did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. The valuation could be subject to change since the company is still discussing the share sale terms, reports Bloomberg.

Softbank, one of the We Company's biggest investors, may purchase a significant amount of the between $3 billion and $4 billion in shares the company is expected to sell in its IPO raise, serving as an anchor investor, according to The Journal. Another possibility is that Softbank could infuse more capital into the startup that would allow it to delay its IPO until 2020, the Journal said, citing sources familiar with the conversations.

We Company CEO Adam Neumann reportedly flew to Tokyo to meet with Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son to discuss these options.

The We Company publicly filed its IPO paperwork in August, confirming what has been one of the most hotly anticipated market debuts of the year.

Leading up to its IPO, various aspects of the We Company's business have come under scrutiny, from its valuation to its business model and CEO Adam Neumann.

The buzzy coworking startup hasn't said when it will list, but it's expected to start its IPO roadshow next week and is considering a share sale of $3.5 billion, according to Bloomberg.


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