WeWork

Behind the WeWork founder's $700M "cash out"

WeWork founder and CEO Adam Neumann
WeWork co-founder and CEO Adam Neumann, speaking earlier this year in L.A. Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for WeWork.

WeWork co-founder and CEO Adam Neumann is under scrutiny based on a Wall Street Journal report that he's "cashed out more than $700 million from the company ahead of its IPO through a mix of stock sales and debt."

Behind the scenes: A source tells Axios that around $300 million was in the form of stock sales, most recently via an October 2017 tender offer from WeWork investor SoftBank. The remainder was loans.

WeWork seeks credit line of $3B-$4B

WeWork is seeking to secure a credit line of between $3 billion and $4 billion, which could eventually expand to $10 billion, as first reported by the WSJ and confirmed by Axios.

Why it matters: This reflects WeWork's belief that public market investors want to see safe passage to profitability.