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& # 39; I close my eyes, & # 39; says SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, after losing more than $ 4.7 billion on WeWork



  Japan's SoftBank Group Corp. CEO Masayoshi Son attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, November 5, 2018. Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters

  • SoftBank lost at least $ 4.7 billion by investing in WeWork after the shared-workspace group's IPO collapsed and valuation fell from $ 47 billion in January to below $ 10 billion.
  • "My own investment assessment was really bad. I regret in many ways," CEO Masayoshi Son said at a news conference, according to the Wall Street Journal.
  • SoftBank reduced the total valuation of WeWork to $ 7.8 billion.
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SoftBank lost at least $ 4.7 billion by investing in WeWork after the shared workgroup's IPO collapsed and its valuation plunged from $ 47 billion in January to less than $ 1

0 billion.

In a revenue filing Wednesday, the Japanese conglomerate reduced its estimated start-up valuation to $ 7.8 billion at the end of September.

The WeWork impairment hit an $ 8.9 billion operating deficit at SoftBanks Vision Fund and Delta Fund in the second quarter – a sharp swing from $ 3.6 billion in the same period last year. The result was a total operating loss of $ 6.5 billion.

"I'm sorry"

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son blamed the poor performance, according to the Wall Street Journal. "My own investment assessment was really bad. I regret it in many ways," he said at a news conference.

Son also admitted to having overlooked the controversial behavior of WeWork co-founder and former CEO Adam Neumann, who leased property to his company, charged nearly $ 6 million for the "We" trademark, and raised $ 700 million by sell and borrow against the company's shares.

"I closed my eyes to many of his negative aspects," Son said, according to the Journal.

SoftBank agreed on a $ 9.5 billion rescue package with WeWork last month in exchange for an 80% stake in the emerging business. The deal includes $ 1.5 billion in warrants, up to $ 3 billion in share purchases and $ 5 billion in debt financing. The company did not consider the financial impact of the financing agreement in recent earnings.

SoftBank has invested a total of $ 10.3 billion in WeWork, which includes $ 6 billion from a wholly owned subsidiary and $ 4.3 billion from its Vision Fund. It cut the estimated value of the subsidiary's stake by $ 4.7 billion to $ 1.3 billion, and more than halved the value of the Vision Fund's investment to $ 2.1 billion.

Son told colleagues "we created a monster" in WeWork by investing billions just to save it, the Financial Times reported.


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