Having shed its assets outside the Permian Basin, pure-play Pioneer Natural Resources Co. is on a cost-cutting, revenue-generating, free cash flow-making, growth rate-slowing, shareholder capital-returning mission.

And, “We have been laser-focused on lowering our breakeven costs,” Pioneer CFO Rich Dealy said June 19 during the JP Morgan Energy Conference.

The attention on monetization comes as U.S. shale players continue to be pummeled by investors fed up with oil companies’ inability, for the most part, to generate cash flow. Although the industry has successfully used technology and improved techniques to get more from wells while bringing down costs, it still faces challenges of steep well declines, geopolitics and the cyclical nature of the business plus debt.

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