Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD) (“Pioneer” or “the Company”) today announced that the Company closed its previously announced sale of its South Africa business to The Petroleum Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (SOC) Ltd. (PetroSA) for net consideration of $52 million. The transaction was effective January 1, 2012. Since that date, Pioneer has received cash of $37.5 million from ongoing operations. The remaining cash proceeds from the sale of $14.5 million were received at closing. Pioneer does not expect any cash tax obligation on this remaining amount. The Company expects to recognize a pre-tax gain in discontinued operations from the sale of $29 million to $35 million when it reports earnings for the third quarter of 2012. Pioneer Natural Resources Company is a large independent oil and gas exploration and production company, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with operations in the United States. For more information, visit Pioneer’s website at www.pxd.com.