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WeWork Enterprise Defaults on Mortgage for San Francisco Workplace Tower

(Bloomberg)—A enterprise began by WeWork Inc. and Rhone Group defaulted on a mortgage for a San Francisco workplace tower.

The $240 million mortgage was for a constructing at 600 California St. that’s owned by funds managed by a enterprise fashioned by WeWork and Rhone in 2019 to purchase and oversee actual property. The property, which features a WeWork coworking area as an anchor tenant, is positioned in San Francisco’s Monetary District.

Spokespeople for Rhone and WeWork Capital Advisors declined to remark.

Workplace property defaults are beginning to pile up as landlords together with Pacific Funding Administration Co.’s Columbia Property Belief grapple with the stress from rising charges and search to kickstart negotations with lenders. Markets akin to San Francisco have been underneath specific pressure as know-how firms slash jobs and pull again on their workplace area.

WeWork, the coworking firm co-founded by Adam Neumann, reached a deal for a significant restructuring final month to assist cut back its debt and safe extra capital commitments. Beneath its new chief govt officer, Sandeep Mathrani, the corporate has been chopping bills because it continues to try to flip a revenue.

The defaults on workplace properties are ratcheting up ache for lenders, with billionaire investor Warren Buffett warning Wednesday that there will likely be issues for banks within the industrial actual property sector. The largest US banks begin reporting first-quarter earnings this week.

–With help from John Gittelsohn and Ellen Huet.

© 2023 Bloomberg L.P.

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