Morgan Stanley backs out of WeWork’s IPO

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In a recent report by Business Insider, Morgan Stanley has cashed in on the biggest initial public offering of the year as the lead underwriter for Uber. However, the bank has reportedly backed out of what could be the second-largest IPO in 2019 after losing the top spot in the deal.

It said: “WeWork rejected Morgan Stanley’s pitch to be the lead underwriter on its upcoming mega-IPO, leaving the firm to participate in a lesser capacity, according to a new report from Bloomberg.”

“The bank decided to withdraw from the IPO all together losing out on the lead role,” it added. 

On that, Morgan Stanley will now miss out on its share what could be more than $122 million in underwriting fees, if WeWork ends up paying a previously discussed figure of 3.5%, according to Bloomberg.

In addition, the deal fractured after Morgan Stanley refused to commit to the level of debt financing WeWork was looking for from key lenders as part of a $6 billion credit facility, Bloomberg found. 

Morgan Stanley reportedly wasn’t ready to commit the capital due to concerns over the company’s risk profile and credit needs.

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Cheryl Toh

Last updated on

August 18th 2019, 4:18 pm

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