Filed by Pioneer Natural Resources Company

(Commission File No.: 001-13245)

Pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act of 1933

and deemed filed pursuant to Rule 14a-12

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Subject Company: Pioneer Natural Resources Company

(Commission File No.: 001-13245)

The following article was posted by The Midland Reporter-Telegram on January 4, 2024:

New Pioneer CEO focuses on company as ExxonMobil merger awaits

Midland-Reporter Telegram

By Mella McEwen

4 January 2024

As the blockbuster merger of ExxonMobil and Pioneer Natural Resources moves towards its resolution at some point in the first half of the year, Pioneer is transitioning to a new chief executive officer.

Richard Dealy has assumed the position of chief executive officer, succeeding Scott Sheffield, who has taken the non-executive role of special advisor to the CEO. Both will continue to serve on Pioneer’s board of directors.

Dealy, previously Pioneer’s president and chief executive officer, has been credited with helping Pioneer enjoy a successful period of growth that saw the company build one of the strongest investment-grade balance sheets in the industry, become the largest oil producer in the State of Texas, report six consecutive years of operational efficiency improvements and successfully integrate the acquisitions of Parsley Energy and Double Point Energy.

He took a few moments from settling into his new role as CEO to participate in an email interview to discuss his new role as Pioneer prepares to merge into ExxonMobil.

Q: Pending the acquisition by ExxonMobil, what will your role be in the transition and what will your role be afterward?

A: At this point, I am not really thinking about any future roles. My focus is directed toward continuing to work alongside our 2,000 dedicated employees to execute on our program and deliver value to our shareholders. While we are taking steps to plan for an integration with ExxonMobil, we continue to operate as two independent companies until the deal closes.    

Q: As the new CEO, what is your vision for Pioneer, at least until the acquisition is completed?

A: Until the merger is completed, we are continuing to operate as an independent company and focus on the strategy we laid out for our investors. That means growing annual oil production between three to five percent – with total production growing a bit more – as efficiently and economically as we can. Of course, at the same time we’re working constructively with the FTC in its review of the transaction, and we continue to expect the deal to be completed in 2024, subject to the fulfillment of the closing conditions.

Q: When you spoke at last year’s State of Oil and Gas luncheon presented by the Midland Chamber of Commerce, you were upbeat about the industry while also looking beyond your traditional Spraberry activity. What are your feelings for this year?

A: I am still upbeat on the industry and think the world will continue to need low-cost, low-emissions, and reliable energy that the US provides. Moving forward in 2024, we see Brent oil prices averaging $80 or above.

We’re not at those price levels today, but I do think we’re going to see a pickup in the forecasted global demand growth, which will soak up the incremental supply we have today and contribute to a more balanced market as we progress through 2024 and into 2025.

Q: What about Pioneer’s involvement with the communities where you work? Exxon – through its XTO subsidiary – is also quite active in the communities where it works

A: There is no change in our philosophy and strong support for our communities. We will continue working to ensure the communities where we live and work flourish. I am confident that after merger, the combined company will continue to be strongly committed to our communities.

Q: Finally, what are your overall thoughts on the mergers and acquisition market? ExxonMobil-Pioneer kicked off a run of significant mergers as 2023 came to a close, and 2024 is expected to bring more of the same.

A: My primary focus is on our own business these days. It is hard to predict what other companies will do given the recent pullback in commodity prices and current interest rate environment.

Important Information about the Transaction and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed transaction between Exxon Mobil Corporation (“ExxonMobil”) and Pioneer Natural Resources Company (“Pioneer”), ExxonMobil and Pioneer have filed and will file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). On November 21, 2023, ExxonMobil filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 (the “Form S-4”) to register the shares of ExxonMobil common stock to be issued in connection with the proposed transaction. The Form S-4 includes a proxy statement of Pioneer that also constitutes a prospectus of ExxonMobil. The information in the Form S-4 is not complete and may be changed. After the Form S-4 is declared effective, a definitive proxy statement/prospectus will be mailed to stockholders of Pioneer. This communication is not a substitute for the Form S-4, proxy statement or prospectus or any other document that ExxonMobil or Pioneer (as applicable) has filed or may file with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR INVESTMENT DECISION, INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF EXXONMOBIL AND PIONEER ARE URGED TO READ THE FORM S-4, THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT ARE FILED OR WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THESE DOCUMENTS, CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the Form S-4 and the proxy statement/prospectus, as well as other filings containing important information about ExxonMobil or Pioneer, without charge at the SEC’s Internet website ( Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by ExxonMobil are and will be available free of charge on ExxonMobil’s internet website at under the tab “investors” and then under the tab “SEC Filings” or by contacting ExxonMobil’s Investor Relations Department at Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Pioneer will be available free of charge on Pioneer’s internet website at The information included on, or accessible through, ExxonMobil’s or Pioneer’s website is not incorporated by reference into this communication.

Participants in the Solicitation

ExxonMobil, Pioneer, their respective directors and certain of their respective executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of Pioneer and a description of their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is set forth in the Form S-4 in the section entitled “Interests of Pioneer’s Directors and Executive Officers in the Merger”, including the documents incorporated by reference therein. Information about the directors and executive officers of ExxonMobil is set forth in the sections entitled “Board of Directors” and “Director and Executive Officer Stock Ownership” included in ExxonMobil’s proxy statement for its 2023 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 13, 2023 (and which is available at, in the sections entitled “Information about our Executive Officers” and “Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance” included in ExxonMobil’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, which was filed with the SEC on February 22, 2023 (and which is available at, in ExxonMobil’s Form 8-K filed on June 6, 2023 (and which is available at and in ExxonMobil’s Form 8-K filed on February 24, 2023 (and which is available at Additional information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitations and a description of their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, are contained in the proxy statement/prospectus and will be contained in other relevant materials filed with the SEC when they become available.

No Offer or Solicitation

This communication is for informational purposes and is not intended to, and shall not, constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval, nor shall there be any offer, solicitation or sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In this context, forward-looking statements often address future business and financial events, conditions, expectations, plans or ambitions, and often contain words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “seek,” “see,” “will,” “would,” “target,” similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words, but not all forward-looking statements include such words. Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain, such as statements about the consummation of the proposed transaction and the anticipated benefits thereof. All such forward-looking statements are based upon current plans, estimates, expectations and ambitions that are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions, many of which are beyond the control of ExxonMobil and Pioneer, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements. Important risk factors that may cause such a difference include, but are not limited to: the completion of the proposed transaction on anticipated terms and timing, or at all, including obtaining regulatory approvals that may be required on anticipated terms and Pioneer stockholder approval; anticipated tax treatment, unforeseen liabilities, future capital expenditures, revenues, expenses, earnings, synergies, economic performance, indebtedness, financial condition, losses, future prospects, business and management strategies for the management, expansion and growth of the combined company’s operations and other conditions to the completion of the proposed transaction, including the possibility that any of the anticipated benefits of the proposed transaction will not be realized or will not be realized within the expected time period; the ability of ExxonMobil and Pioneer to integrate the business successfully and to achieve anticipated synergies and value creation; potential litigation relating to the proposed transaction that could be instituted against ExxonMobil, Pioneer or their respective directors; the risk that disruptions from the proposed transaction will harm ExxonMobil’s or Pioneer’s business, including current plans and operations and that management’s time and attention will be diverted on transaction-related issues; potential adverse reactions or changes to business relationships resulting from the announcement or completion of the proposed transaction; rating agency actions and ExxonMobil and Pioneer’s ability to access short- and long-term debt markets on a timely and affordable basis; legislative, regulatory and economic developments, including regulatory actions targeting public companies in the oil and gas industry and changes in local, national, or international laws, regulations, and policies affecting ExxonMobil and Pioneer including with respect to the environment; potential business uncertainty, including the outcome of commercial negotiations and changes to existing business relationships during the pendency of the proposed transaction that could affect ExxonMobil’s and/or Pioneer’s financial performance and operating results; certain restrictions during the pendency of the proposed transaction that may impact Pioneer’s ability to pursue certain business opportunities or strategic transactions or otherwise operate its business; acts of terrorism or outbreak of war, hostilities, civil unrest, attacks against ExxonMobil or Pioneer, and other political or security disturbances; dilution caused by the ExxonMobil’s issuance of additional shares of its common stock in connection with the proposed transaction; the possibility that the transaction may be more expensive to complete than anticipated, including as a result of unexpected factors or events; changes in policy and consumer support for emission-reduction products and technology; the impacts of pandemics or other public health crises, including the effects of government responses on people and economies; global or regional changes in the supply and demand for oil, natural gas, petrochemicals, and feedstocks and other market or economic conditions that impact demand, prices and differentials, including reservoir performance; changes in technical or operating conditions, including unforeseen technical difficulties; those risks described in Item 1A of ExxonMobil’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on February 22, 2023, and subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K, as well as under the heading “Factors Affecting Future Results” on the Investors page of ExxonMobil’s website at (information included on or accessible through ExxonMobil’s website is not incorporated by reference into this communication); those risks described in Item 1A of Pioneer’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on February 23, 2023, and subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K; and those risks described in the registration statement on Form S-4 and accompanying prospectus available from the sources indicated above. References to resources or other quantities of oil or natural gas may include amounts that ExxonMobil or Pioneer believe will ultimately be produced, but that are not yet classified as “proved reserves” under SEC definitions.

These risks, as well as other risks associated with the proposed transaction, are more fully discussed in the proxy statement/prospectus included in the registration statement on Form S-4 filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction. While the list of factors presented here and the list of factors presented in the registration statement on Form S-4 are considered representative, no such list should be considered to be a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties. Unlisted factors may present significant additional obstacles to the realization of forward-looking statements. We caution you not to place undue reliance on any of these forward-looking statements as they are not guarantees of future performance or outcomes and that actual performance and outcomes, including, without limitation, our actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of new markets or market segments in which we operate, may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking statements contained in this communication. Neither ExxonMobil nor Pioneer assumes any obligation to publicly provide revisions or updates to any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, should circumstances change, except as otherwise required by securities and other applicable laws. Neither future distribution of this communication nor the continued availability of this communication in archive form on ExxonMobil’s or Pioneer’s website should be deemed to constitute an update or re-affirmation of these statements as of any future date.

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