WeWork, the office rental company recently valued at $16 billion, is raising $300 million in new funding, according to a legal filing obtained by Axios through CB Insights, an investment database. The company's new valuation is slightly higher than when it last raised funds in March 2016: $51.81 a share, up from $50.19.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing anonymous sources, that SoftBank has invested $300 million in WeWork as part of its upcoming Vision Fund, though documents reviewed by Axios do not name any backers. WeWork declined to comment.
Real estate ambitions: Earlier this month, WeWork also filed a document related to an upcoming investment vehicle to purchase real estate, something the company hasn't done before (it signs long-term leases for the buildings in which it operates). WeWork declined to comment on the filing, but it lists several managing directors from private equity firm Rhone Group, including at least two who specialize in real estate according to their LinkedIn profiles.