Mon, 20 Apr 2020 | COMMERCIAL PROPERTY
Flexible workspace provider IWG Plc is exploring the possibility of selling and leasing back its office spaces, as it looks to raise between £200m and £250m to ease the impact of coronavirus.
IWG (international Workplace Group) owns brands including Regus, Spaces, HQ, Signature by Regus, Basepoint, Openoffice and BizDojo, among others. It has 367 UK locations, along with many others in North America, EMEA and Asia Pacific.
The company is reportedly considering selling and then leasing back more than 10 of its UK office buildings, with chartered surveyor Doherty Baines said to be advising IWG on the move.
Regus has reportedly been recently criticised by several of its small business tenants, who say the company has attempted to tie them to longer leases in exchanges for temporary reductions in the rent on office spaces that they cannot use.
Regus chief executive officer Mark Dixon has said that tenants have been made fair offers. Regus has also been served with a statutory demand by a consulting firm for withholding its deposit, which is worth two months’ rent. Dixon has denied that the payment is late.
According to its most recent accounts, from the year ending December 31 2018, Regus Group Ltd has total current assets worth £351 million.
The coronavirus pandemic has had a particular impact on the office space sector, with IWG's shares reportedly down two-thirds from the start of the year, as of the beginning of April.
One of the best ways to find properties below market price is to look at recent administrations.
Highly profitable, niche operation supplying high-quality recruitment solutions for over 18 years. Specialises in the provision of healthcare assistants and support workers for residential care homes. Strong database of over 300 professionally traine...
Builds & implements bespoke business systems crafted to an exceptional standard including web-based digital tools social collaboration solutions & web product development for blue-chip SME & start-up clients operating in a range of industries. The co...
Provides discretionary, advisory and execution services to retail and professional clients throughout the UK and internationally. Delivers unbiased and transparent information, advice and strategies, which are tailored to meet its clients’ unique in...
Manchester’s Trafford Centre shopping mall is up for s...
Administrators have put three hotels in the North of England...
Sign up to receive our acquisition alert emails to get your FREE guide
Business Sale Report is your complete solution to finding great acquisition opportunities.
Join today to receive:
All this and much more, including the latest M&A news and exclusive resources