Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Income Taxes

Income Taxes
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2019
Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract]  
The Company's quarterly income tax provision is measured using an estimate of its consolidated annual effective tax rate, adjusted in the current period for discrete income tax items, within the periods presented. The comparison of the Company's income tax provision between periods is significantly impacted by the level and mix of earnings and losses by tax jurisdiction, foreign income tax rate differentials and discrete items.
For the three months ended March 31, 2019, the Company recognized an income tax benefit of $10.4 million, as compared to an income tax expense of $9.9 million in the prior year. The tax provision for the three months ended March 31, 2019 represented a benefit on the Company's pre-tax loss based on its estimated full year annual effective tax rate, which includes the negative impact of U.S. global intangible low-taxed income provisions and an accrual of a valuation allowance on interest limitation carryforwards, and a benefit from the expiration of a statute of limitations. The tax provision for the three months ended March 31, 2018 was negatively impacted by the country mix of earnings and the Company's inability to recognize additional deferred tax assets in various jurisdictions related to its current-year operating results, primarily the United States.
As a result of the Arysta Sale, the deferred tax assets, valuation allowance and deferred tax liabilities of discontinued operations of $173 million, $75 million and $450 million, respectively, at December 31, 2018 were written off as part of the sale.