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Our roundup of Canadian small-caps making news and on the move today. This post will be updated throughout the morning.

The TSX Venture Exchange has named Columbus Gold Corp. a 2015 TSX Venture 50 company - a ranking of the top 10 companies in each of the five major industry sectors that make-up the TSX Venture Exchange. The ranking is based on a formula with equal weighting given to one-year revenue, return on investment, market cap growth and trading volume in 2014.

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Erdene Resource Development Corp. has granted Tian Poh Resources Limited a period of exclusivity to exercise an option to acquire an interest in Erdene's Zuun Mod molybdenum-copper project in southwest Mongolia. Tian Poh can acquire and retain a 51 per cent interest in the Project for $4.8-million (U.S.) in cash and equity in Tian Poh, and by meeting certain work commitments.

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Valener Inc. said it earned $0.43 per common share in the fiscal first quarter of 2015, which was in-line with analysts' estimates. The company also hiked its quarterly dividend by 4 per cent to $0.26, and announced plans to growth its annual dividend by 4 per cent in each of the next three fiscal years. "The solid performance delivered by the wind farms for over a year is testament to the quality of our investment and to the sustainability of the forthcoming distributions from these assets," said chairman Pierre Monahan. "Such performance, combined with the strength of our investment in Gaz Métro, supports our goal of raising the dividend by 4% per year."

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Paladin Energy Ltd. said it has launched an offering to raise $100-million (U.S.) of senior, unsecured convertible bonds due March 31, 2020 to fund its tender offer to acquire $300-million of its convertible bonds due in November 2015. "The successful completion of this raising, along with the concurrent tender offer for the 2015 CBs, eliminates all of the near term refinancing risk and both reduces and extends the Company's debt maturity profile," said chief executive officer and managing director John Borshoff. "This significant de-risking of the balance sheet, along with the expected recovery in uranium prices, ensures Paladin remains well positioned to capitalise on its unique standing in the uranium market."

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Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. said its Beteflam Patch, a treatment for inflammatory skin conditions, has been accepted for review by Health Canada. "If approved, the Beteflam Patch will represent a promising new product in our growing Canadian dermatology portfolio and an attractive treatment option for Canadians who suffer from this disease," said chief executive officer Shawn O'Brien.

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Snipp Interactive Inc. said it has signed a three-year agreement with the health-care products division of a leading multinational pharmaceutical and consumer goods company. ""After having successfully executed campaigns leveraging our shopper marketing solutions for the company, we are pleased to sign a long term agreement with them," said chief executive officer Atul Sabharwal. "This agreement helps us further establish our capabilities in the pharma/health care segment and we will continue to build on our success and demonstrate our capabilities across a wider range of industries."

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Aberdeen International Inc. said it plans to buy back up to 10 per cent of its public float.