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Background and Basis of Presentation

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Background and Basis of Presentation
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2019
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
BACKGROUND AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION BACKGROUND AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION
Background
Element Solutions was incorporated in Delaware in January 2014 and its shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, trade on the NYSE under the ticker symbol “ESI.”
Element Solutions is a leading global specialty chemicals company whose operating businesses formulate a broad range of solutions that enhance the performance of products people use every day. Developed in multi-step technological processes, the innovative solutions of the Company's businesses enable customers' manufacturing processes in several key industries, including electronic circuitry, semiconductor, communications infrastructure, automotive systems, industrial surface finishing, consumer packaging and offshore energy. Element Solutions delivers its products to customers through its sales and service workforce, regional distributors and manufacturing representatives.
Basis of Presentation
The accompanying unaudited interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and related information in this Quarterly Report include the accounts of Element Solutions and all of its controlled subsidiaries, and have been prepared on a basis that is substantially consistent with the accounting principles applied in the Company’s 2018 Annual Report. In the opinion of management, these unaudited interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements reflect all adjustments that are normal, recurring and necessary for a fair presentation of the Company's financial position, results of operations and cash flows for interim periods, but are not necessarily indicative of the results of operations that may be expected for the year ending December 31, 2019. These unaudited interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and the related notes thereto included in the Company’s 2018 Annual Report.
On January 31, 2019, the Company completed the Arysta Sale for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $4.20 billion in cash, subject to certain post-closing adjustments. Agricultural Solutions' assets, liabilities, operating results and cash flows for all periods presented have been classified as discontinued operations within the unaudited interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. See Note 3, Discontinued Operations, for additional information. Subject to the covenants, events of default and provisions discussed in Note 7, Debt, the Company's Prior Senior Notes, 5.875% USD Notes due 2025 and term loans then outstanding under the Credit Agreement were not required to be immediately redeemed or repaid in connection with the Arysta Sale. As such, the related liabilities and interest expense are not included in discontinued operations and therefore fully burdened continuing operations.
The process of preparing the Company’s unaudited interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements requires the use of estimates and judgments that affect the reported amount of assets, liabilities, net sales and expenses. These estimates and judgments are based on historical experience, future expectations and other factors as well as assumptions the Company believes to be reasonable under the circumstances. These estimates and judgments are reviewed on an ongoing basis and revised as necessary. Actual amounts may differ materially from these estimates.
Certain other prior year amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current year’s presentation.