SoftBank to abandon US$3b deal for additional WeWork shares

Reuters had reported last month that SoftBank was considering pulling out of the US$3 billion bid to buy additional shares in WeWork, as it felt the US firm had not met the conditions for the deal.  — Reuters pic
Reuters had reported last month that SoftBank was considering pulling out of the US$3 billion bid to buy additional shares in WeWork, as it felt the US firm had not met the conditions for the deal. — Reuters pic

NEW YORK, April 2 — Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp will not complete a US$3 billion (RM13.1 billion) tender offer for additional WeWork shares agreed last year with its shareholders, a special committee of the US-based shared-office operator’s board said yesterday.

“The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of WeWork has been advised by SoftBank, the controlling shareholder of WeWork, that it will not consummate the tender offer which it agreed to in October of 2019,” it said in a statement, adding it was “disappointed” by the development.

The US-based company’s committee said it will evaluate all its legal options, including litigation and remained committed to reaching a solution.

A SoftBank spokeswoman declined to comment.

Reuters had reported last month that SoftBank was considering pulling out of the US$3 billion bid to buy additional shares in WeWork, as it felt the US firm had not met the conditions for the deal. The special committee of WeWork’s board later said it was preparing for a fight against the Japanese company. — Reuters

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