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Uniswap’s Multichain Expansion Is Ethereum-Aligned

Oskari Tempakka

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Introduction

This week’s newsletter visualizes Uniswap’s growth and expansion from a single-chain to a multichain DEX. We go through Uniswap’s key financial and usage metrics, and break down the aggregate figures by chain. The chain-level datasets on Token Terminal offer valuable depth to the analysis of individual projects.

Let’s dive in!


1. Net deposits

Net deposits represents the value of assets that Liquidity Providers (LPs) have deposited into Uniswap’s liquidity pools. It is against these assets that Traders on the DEX make their trades. As a rule of thumb, the more liquidity there is, the better the trading experience.

A vast majority of the liquidity resides on the Ethereum Mainnet

  • Even if Uniswap is deployed to 9 different EVM chains, 84% of the liquidity is still available only on the Ethereum Mainnet.
  • Arbitrum, Polygon, and Base are the top 3 L2s in terms of Net deposits.
  • 4/9 chains represent ~1% of total Net deposits, with 3 of them being alternative layer 1 chains (BNB Chain, Celo, and Avalanche.).

2. Trading volume

Trading volume represents the value of assets traded through Uniswap’s liquidity pools within the relevant time period. By comparing the Trading volume against the Net deposits, investors can get a sense of the capital efficiency of the DEX. Ideally, the DEX is able to facilitate a high Trading volume with a relatively low Net deposit base.

Arbitrum and Base are the fastest growing trading venues for Uniswap

  • Over 50% of the Trading volume comes from Ethereum Mainnet.
  • Arbitrum and Base are the fastest growing trading venues for Uniswap, making up ~25% of the total Trading volume on Uniswap.
  • 3/9 chains represent under 1% of total Trading volume.

3. Fees

Fees represents the trading fees paid by Traders to Liquidity Providers (LPs) for each trade on Uniswap. The Fees are paid in addition to the gas fee (transaction fee) on respective chain. Ideally, the DEX allows the LPs to earn enough in Fees, while retaining the Traders by not charging them too much.

Base is an outlier in terms of Fees generated

  • Ethereum accounts for almost 70% of total Fees generated.
  • It’s worth noting that Uniswap’s Base deployment grew to account for ~20% of total Fees generated within a few months from launch.
  • 4/9 chains account for ~1% of total Fees generated.

4. Monthly active users

Monthly active users represents the number of unique addresses that have made more than 1 trade over a rolling 30d period. A higher Monthly active user figure means that there are more active Traders on the DEX, all of whom pay Fees to the Liquidity Providers.

Compared to Net deposits, MAU figures are more widely spread out across chains

  • Ethereum Mainnet accounts for “only” 23% of all MAUs on Uniswap (compared to 84% of Net deposits).
  • The aggregate MAU figure is 2.9m, whereas the sum of MAUs by chain is 3.7m. This means that some users are active on more than 1 Uniswap trading venue. As a result, they’re counted as active users on multiple chains in the composition by chain charts.
  • Base is the fastest growing Uniswap deployment, with ~30% MAU market ​share.

5. Trade count

Trade count represents the number of successful trades made on Uniswap within the relevant time period. By looking at DAUs and daily Trade counts, investors can get a sense of the activity levels on the platform, i.e. how many trades individual users make on average each day.

Base accounted for almost 50% of all trades on Uniswap in April

  • Ethereum Mainnet accounted for “only” ~13% of all trades on Uniswap in April.
  • Similar to Monthly active users, the Trade count figures are also more diversified across chains vs. Net deposits. This indicates that the use cases are different between chains.
  • 2/9 chains account for ~1% of all trades.

6. Tradeable pairs

Tradeable pairs represents the number of unique trading pairs on Uniswap. The more assets there are to trade, the more interesting the platform is for Traders (and thereby Liquidity Providers). A wide asset base is also good from a revenue diversification perspective; ideally the DEX generates fees on multiple pairs vs. only a few ones.

Base has attracted a significant number of new pairs in the past two months

  • Base accounts for almost one third of all Tradeable pairs on Uniswap.
  • Ethereum Mainnet and Base make up over 90% of all Tradeable pairs on Uniswap.
  • 4/9 chains account for ~1% of all Tradeable pairs on Uniswap.

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