Filed by Exxon Mobil Corporation
(Commission File No.: 001-02256)
Pursuant to Rule 425 of 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 are portions of an edited transcript of a video posted to Exxon Mobil Corporation’s intranet on October 31, 2023:
A Conversation with Darren Woods
So building that capability was, I assume, what led you to be willing to buy a Pioneer, just given the upside that we've talked about from their business.
Absolutely. Well, if you look at the upstream, and I mentioned this before, and with the depletion business, you've got essentially three options, because every day you're producing your assets are declining, and so you got to keep filling the bucket. And you can do that by going out and finding more things through exploration, more resource to put into the bucket. You can figure out ways to more effectively and extract the resources or grow the resource that you've got, which is the technology, or you can acquire. And if you acquire, it's not just about buying volume, you've got to find a way to bring additional value to that volume to justify the deal.
And so if you look at the Pioneer transaction, obviously a critical component of, I'd say the broader upstream strategy, but much more importantly, it reflects the fact that the hard work that the organization has done to build competitive advantage so that we can add to what Pioneer was doing and justify a deal, that's what made that transaction go. And so while I was personally involved in the transaction, as was the management committee in terms of negotiating, the foundation of that deal came from the hard work of our people and the competitive advantages that they've established. And I'd go on to say that even outside of our depletion businesses, the work that we're doing to grow competitive advantage opens those opportunities up to acquire assets where we can do more with them than a third party. And that is value creation. That's what we're focused on.
If I could, I'd just like to take a moment and think about the deal from a CEO's perspective. Presumably, you do the same due diligence no matter how much it costs, but is there something extra you put into it when the price tag is 60 billion?
I like to strike good deals no matter what size they are. So I think we work really hard to make sure that we understand the value proposition, we understand the value that we can bring, and we've sharpened our pencils hard to make sure that we really know what the parameters of the deal are and what the value opportunity is. I think we work really, really hard to challenge ourselves and critically evaluate ourselves. Are we looking at this as objectively as we could? What are the things that could go wrong or could diminish the value, how we thought about those? How do we make sure that we're mitigating those?
And so I think, I wouldn't say the size of the deal changes, the emphasis around getting to the right answer and making sure that whatever we do adds value to the company and for our shareholders. I think this deal was a little unique in that certainly for me is I was dealing with an individual, Scott, who grew that company from something very, very small, and so it was his baby. And that's, I think, an emotional thing. And one where I think Scott wanted to make sure that the future of his business was in good hands. And so that was a different dynamic as part of that negotiation.
Is that a cultural discussion that you had with him?
I think it's making sure that the Pioneer business and the people in Pioneer have a future that's good. There's opportunities there, and that the work that Scott and his team put into building that company sustains itself and grows. And so that's exactly what we wanted. We wanted a business that provides a foundation to continue to grow on. And frankly, Scott's company and the work that they have done, I think fits very well into our company. I think the values that they aspire to are consistent with ours. They're good people. They've got good assets, they work hard, and I think that's going to be a great fit.
And you met with their top 100 or so executives on the day of the deal announced?
I did, yeah.
What'd you see there? What'd you hear?
I think everybody…unfortunately our company and our reputation and the perception of it is shaped by frankly a lot of outside forces and many of them very antagonistic to the company with very different agendas. So I was keen to go in and talk to the top leaders of Pioneer to introduce myself, talk about the changes that we've been making, why we're making them, and importantly how I saw them and their company becoming part of ExxonMobil and contributing to the success that we had planned for the future. And so it was really around engaging them, help begin the process of getting to know who we are and how we think about the business and the values that we have.
And I thought that went pretty well. I think the folks obviously wanted to get to know ExxonMobil and get behind what I would say is the reputation or the perception and really start to understand this. And I think they were keen to make sure that what they had been working on and their perspective and their skills and talents were valued coming into the company, which I did my best to reassure them that was definitely the case. We're going to need that. We want that. And I think Neil and Liam and the team are all very focused on making sure that they continue to feel like, one, they're certainly going to be welcome, but two, that they're going to have a very important role to play in the future of this company.
Are we in the market to acquire anything else?
We don't have an objective of acquisitions in and of themselves. I always look at acquisitions as a means to a more important objective, which is growing value generally through earnings and cash growth. So I think we're always in the market to find assets or companies where the work that we've been doing to grow our competitive advantage can be leveraged with that company and those assets to grow something even bigger. And so I would tell you today, the Pioneer deal certainly was a really important add to the upstream portfolio, but it hasn't changed our view that our job every day is to figure out how we continue to grow value into the future. And if an acquisition will allow us to do that, then we're on it. So I don't think that's changed, frankly.
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