ExxonMobil and Pioneer Join Forces: Unveiling the Future of Sustainable Oil Production

Unveiling the Future of Sustainable Oil Production

The merger is poised to redefine the Permian landscape with enhanced efficiencies and accelerated sustainability goals.

In a landmark move for the global energy landscape, Texas-based oil and gas titan ExxonMobil has declared its intention to acquire Pioneer Natural Resources in an all-stock transaction, with the deal valued at approximately US$59.5 billion. The acquisition price per Pioneer share is based on ExxonMobil’s closing stock price on October 5, 2023. Accordingly, Pioneer shareholders are poised to receive about 2.3234 ExxonMobil shares for each of their own.

This agreement brings the total enterprise valuation of the merger to an estimated US$64.5 billion, marking a pivotal moment in the energy industry. Joining forces, the merged entity will consolidate its significant assets in the U.S. unconventional oil sector, particularly in the Permian Basin. 

Production projections and industry impact

ExxonMobil, with its existing 570,000 net acres in the Delaware and Midland Basins, will incorporate Pioneer’s 850,000 net acres in the Midland Basin. This confluence will lead to a dominant position in the industry, estimated to encompass around 16 billion barrels of oil equivalent resource in the Permian. Projections indicate that ExxonMobil’s production in the Permian would soar, potentially reaching up to two million barrels of oil equivalent per day by 2027.

Strategic outlook and environmental commitment

The merger is perceived as a strategic move to bolster U.S. energy security and strengthen the domestic supply chain. Darren Woods, ExxonMobil’s CEO, praised Pioneer’s expertise and emphasized that the merger would result in a synergy of best practices from both companies, notably in the environmental sector. The collaboration is poised to expedite Pioneer’s net-zero emissions plan by 2035, fifteen years ahead of its original target.

Scott Sheffield, Pioneer’s CEO, also highlighted the merger’s potential to create a global energy powerhouse with unparalleled assets in the Permian Basin.

Operational and environmental benefits

The merger between ExxonMobil and Pioneer Natural Resources is poised to yield significant benefits that stretch beyond mere corporate consolidation. By melding Pioneer’s expansive knowledge of the Permian Basin with ExxonMobil’s advanced technologies and substantial financial assets, the combined entity is expected to unlock double-digit returns. Furthermore, operational streamlining is on the cards: plans include drilling fewer but elongated wells, leading to minimized environmental impact.

Upstream portfolio enhancement

A key highlight is the anticipated fine-tuning of ExxonMobil’s upstream portfolio. With Pioneer’s assets in the fold, ExxonMobil projects a supply cost under US$35 per barrel. By 2027, rapid-cycle barrels could comprise over 40% of total upstream volumes, enabling ExxonMobil to swiftly adapt to market dynamics, optimizing both pricing and volume.

With strategies to implement longer, superior drilling techniques and an unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability—specifically targeting net-zero Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 2030—this merger embodies a forward-thinking and strategic pivot for both corporations.

Notably, as part of their environmental stewardship, the merged entity intends to ramp up the use of recycled water in Permian fracturing operations, targeting over 90% recycled water usage by 2030. This initiative underscores their commitment not only to enhanced production but also to sustainable and responsible operations in the region.

Deal specifics

Delving into the specifics, the deal presents an 18% premium to Pioneer’s stock valuation as of October 5 and a 9% premium to its prior 30-day volume-weighted average price. Both companies’ boards have given unanimous approval, pending regulatory approvals and Pioneer shareholder assent. The deal is anticipated to be finalized in the first half of 2024.

In wrapping up, the ExxonMobil and Pioneer merger, while fundamentally redefining ExxonMobil’s upstream agenda, holds broader, resonating impacts. With a focus on operational efficacy, nimble market responses and an environmental pledge, the new entity sketches a blueprint for a more conscientious, agile and green energy future.

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Press release link: https://corporate.exxonmobil.com/news/news-releases/2023/1011_exxonmobil-announces-merger-with-pioneer-natural-resources-in-an-all-stock-transaction


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