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Background and Basis of Presentation

Background and Basis of Presentation
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2022
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Background and Basis of Presentation
1. Background and Basis of Presentation:
Description of Business
Ecovyst Inc. and subsidiaries (the “Company” or “Ecovyst”) is a leading integrated and innovative global provider of specialty catalysts and services. The Company supports customers globally through its strategically located network of manufacturing facilities. The Company believes that its products, which are predominantly inorganic, and services contribute to improving the sustainability of the environment.
On December 14, 2020, the Company completed the sale of its Performance Materials business, and on August 1, 2021, the Company completed the sale of its Performance Chemicals business. The financial results of these businesses are presented as discontinued operations in the condensed consolidated financial statements for the 2021 period presented. See Note 3 to these condensed consolidated financial statements for more information on these transactions.
The Company has two uniquely positioned specialty businesses: Ecoservices provides sulfuric acid recycling to the North American refining industry for the production of alkylate and provides on-purpose virgin sulfuric acid for water treatment, mining and industrial applications; and Catalyst Technologies provides finished silica catalysts and catalyst supports necessary to produce high strength and high stiffness plastics and, through the Zeolyst Joint Venture, supplies zeolites used for catalysts that help produce renewable fuels, remove nitrogen oxides from diesel engine emissions as well as sulfur from fuels during the refining process.
The Company’s regeneration services product group, which is a part of the Company’s Ecoservices segment, typically experiences seasonal fluctuations as a result of higher demand for gasoline products in the summer months and lower demand in the winter months. These demand fluctuations result in higher sales and working capital requirements in the second and third quarters.
The notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements, unless otherwise indicated, are on a continuing operations basis.
Basis of Presentation
The condensed consolidated financial statements included herein are unaudited. Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in annual financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”) have been condensed or omitted pursuant to such rules and regulations for interim reporting. In the opinion of management, all adjustments of a normal and recurring nature necessary to state fairly the financial position and results of operations have been included. The results of operations are not necessarily indicative of the expected results for the full year. The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and related notes included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021.
Reclassification and Correction of an Error
During the preparation of the condensed consolidated financial statements for the period ended September 30, 2022, the Company identified a presentation error in the condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive income for the 2021 comparable periods presented. The presentation of comprehensive income (loss) inadvertently omitted the release of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) related to foreign currency translation and deferred pension and postretirement benefit plan losses in conjunction with the sale of the Company’s Performance Chemicals business. There was no impact on the condensed consolidated statements of income, condensed consolidated balance sheets and condensed consolidated statements of cash flows. The presentation of other comprehensive income (loss) for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, was corrected for the additional comprehensive loss of $7,093, of which $943 of comprehensive income was attributed to noncontrolling interest. Additionally, Note 6 was corrected for this presentation error. The Company assessed the materiality of the error and concluded it was not material to the Company’s previously issued financial statements, including the consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2021.
The previously disclosed disposal of business presented in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) has been reclassified to other comprehensive income (loss) in the condensed consolidated statement of stockholders’ equity.