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Background and Basis of Presentation (Policies)

Background and Basis of Presentation (Policies)
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2019
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Consolidation 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.
Basis of Presentation 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.
Recent Accounting Pronouncements Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements
Leases (Topic 842) - In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-02, “Leases.” This ASU requires lessees to recognize most leases in their balance sheets, but to continue to record expenses on their income statements in a manner similar to current accounting. The ASU is required to be applied to leases in existence as of the date of initial application using a modified retrospective
transition approach. The Company adopted the new standard on January 1, 2019. No cumulative-effect adjustment was required to the opening balance of retained earnings on the adoption date.
The Company made updates to its systems, policies and internal controls over financial reporting in preparation of adopting the new guidance. Upon the prospective adoption of ASC 842 during the first quarter of 2019, the Company elected the following package of transition practical expedients:
Not to separate non-lease components from lease components and account for them as a single lease component;
Not to reassess arrangements entered into prior to January 1, 2019 for whether an arrangement is or contains a lease, the lease classification applied or to separate initial direct costs; and
To use hindsight in determining the lease term for lease contracts that have historically been renewed or amended.
At December 31, 2018, the Company was not a lessor to any significant lease agreements and substantially all of the leases under which the Company was a lessee were classified as operating leases under the existing ASC 840 guidance. As such, consistent with the Company's practical expedient election to not reassess lease classification, substantially all the Company's existing leases will continue to be classified as operating leases under ASC 842. As a lessee, the Company categorizes its operating leases into two general categories: real estate and other.
This new standard had no impact on the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations or Cash Flows but its Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet at March 31, 2019 was impacted by the recognition of right of use (ROU) assets of $67.3 million in "Other Assets" which reflected the present value of remaining operating lease payments under existing lease arrangements, as well as current and non-current lease liabilities of $15.9 million and $52.5 million, reported in "Accrued expenses and other current liabilities" and "Other liabilities", respectively.
See Note 11, Leases, for more information.
Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815) - In August 2017, the FASB issued ASU No. 2017-12, “Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities.” This ASU improves the financial reporting of hedge relationships by updating hedging designation and measurement guidance. The update also simplifies the application of existing hedge accounting guidance related to assessing hedge effectiveness. The guidance is effective prospectively as of January 1, 2019 and is applied to contracts in existence at the date of adoption. This new guidance did not have a material impact on the Company's unaudited interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.