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Pioneer and ExxonMobil merger gets FTC nod with conditions

Published 03/05/2024, 12:36 am
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DALLAS - Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD) has announced that its proposed merger with Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:NYSE:XOM) has been approved by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), subject to a Consent Order following a settlement Complaint concerning Pioneer's CEO, Mr. Sheffield.

The FTC's Complaint suggested that Mr. Sheffield's public statements and record on matters of public interest should disqualify him from serving on the ExxonMobil Board of Directors. Despite disagreeing with the FTC's position, Pioneer and Mr. Sheffield have indicated they will not impede the merger's completion. Mr. Sheffield has chosen to prioritize the interests of investors, employees, and the U.S. energy industry's competitiveness over his own.

Pioneer and Mr. Sheffield believe the FTC has misinterpreted the U.S. and global oil markets and Mr. Sheffield's intentions. Throughout his career, Mr. Sheffield has engaged in discussions on various legitimate topics, such as independent oil and gas company growth, capital reinvestment, and U.S. energy security.

The company highlighted Mr. Sheffield's role in addressing the oil market challenges, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw oil prices plummet to historic lows. His advocacy for government action during this period was framed as being in line with the First Amendment and the Noerr-Pennington Doctrine, which protects the right to petition the government.

Pioneer has also contributed significantly to U.S. oil production, particularly in the Permian Basin, helping to lower gasoline prices for consumers. The company has more than doubled its daily production from 2019 to 2023.

Mr. Sheffield's career has been marked by efforts to enhance U.S. energy independence and national security, including advocating for U.S. oil export policy changes and leading initiatives to reduce methane emissions and flaring in the Permian Basin.

The merger between Pioneer and ExxonMobil is expected to further consolidate the companies' positions in the energy sector.

This news is based on a press release statement from Pioneer Natural Resources Company.

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As Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD) prepares for its merger with Exxon Mobil Corporation, the financial metrics and expert analysis from InvestingPro provide a clearer picture of the company's current standing. With a market capitalization of $63.38 billion and a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 12.78, Pioneer showcases a strong financial foundation. The adjusted P/E ratio for the last twelve months as of Q4 2023 stands at a similar level of 12.69, indicating stable valuation over time.

InvestingPro Tips highlight that Pioneer Natural Resources has been the subject of positive earnings revisions by 13 analysts for the upcoming period, suggesting confidence in the company's future performance. Additionally, the stock is noted for its low price volatility, which could be appealing for investors seeking stable investment options during market mergers and acquisitions.

Despite a revenue decline of 20.55% in the last twelve months as of Q4 2023, the company's gross profit margin remains robust at 51.42%, reflecting its ability to maintain profitability. Moreover, Pioneer has a history of consistent dividend payments, having done so for 21 consecutive years, with a dividend yield of 4.09% as of the latest data.

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