By Tim Poole

Betting exchange operator Smarkets has published its 2018 financial report in late September, despite the trading period coinciding with the calendar year.

Revenue fell 42% year-on-year to £11.9m ($14.6m), with Smarkets generating £20.6m in 2017 and £24.9m in 2016.

Gross profit also fell 58% to £7.3m, with cost of sales up 35% to £4.6m. Overall, the company recorded an £8.9m loss for the financial year.

That said, the number of customer deposits held rose 71% to £28.8m and trading volume increased 46%.

Smarkets CEO Jason R. Trost said: "I'm incredibly excited about 2019 and I want to thank everyone for their contribution and commitment to getting the company into such a great position during the last year.

"Smarkets can push ahead with expanding our activities; focusing on the more profit-generating areas of our business and more efficiently monetising our growing trading volume, as well as taking the company out into the huge sportsbook sector and new international markets."

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